Talkin’ Bout This Generation

By Alan Carasso

Third in last year’s BMW Hong Kong Derby over the metric mile and a quarter, Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock {Aus}) looks set for a campaign geared towards the G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile following a gritty success in Sunday’s G2 Sha Tin Trophy H., albeit in receipt of buckets of weight under the handicap conditions.

Making full use of his low draw in gate three, Beauty Generation, the former G1 Rosehill Guineas runner-up Montaigne, was ridden for speed by Derek Leung, but whereas he took them gate-to-wire to upset the Oct. 1 G3 Celebration Cup H. (1400m) in his first start this prep, he was content to lay second this time with Winner’s Way (Aus) (Starcraft {NZ}) intent on showing the way. The duo eyeballed each other through the middle stages and Beauty Generation looked to be traveling much better than the pacesetter as they reached the head of the lane. Leung began to get serious aboard Beauty Generation at the furlong grounds and they hit the front with about 100 metres to race before just holding off a flying finish from Booming Delight (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). Jolly Banner (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}) raced prominently from and finished well for third under his light weight.

Making their first starts of the season, the John Moore-trained Group 1-winning duet of Werther (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}) and Helene Paragon (Fr) (Polan {Fr}) hit the line nicely to be sixth and seventh, respectively, while reigning G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile hero Beauty Only (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) closed his final 400m in a race-best :21.94, but could do no better than ninth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

“On a handicap basis, you looked upon those horses being right there, Beauty Generation and Booming Delight,” said trainer John Moore, who won his seventh Sha Tin Trophy. “The winner is a model of consistency, he had a perfect draw today. We were hoping to lead but when Winner’s Way pressed on, Derek went for Plan B–drop back and sit outside the leader. He’s hit the line well and just prevailed.”

Moore confirmed that Beauty Generation runs next in the G2 BOCHK Jockey Club Mile Nov. 19, a steppingstone to this year’s Hong Kong Mile Dec. 10.

Pedigree Notes:

Beauty Generation’s unraced dam, by the sire of Black Caviar (Aus), is a half-sister to SW GSP Savage Attack (Aus) (Made of Gold) and SW MGSP Victory Trump (Aus) (Euclase {Aus}). Her most recent foal is a 2-year-old colt by Echoes of Heaven (Aus) who fetched NZ$60,000 at the NZB Select Yearling Sale this past February. Stylish Bel was most recently covered by Tavistock (NZ).

Sunday, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
 ORIENTAL WATCH SHA TIN TROPHY H.-G2, HK$4,000,000 (£388,713/€435,125/A$655,594/US$512,671), 3yo/up, 1200mT, 1:33.56, gd/fm.
1–BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ), 118, g, 5, by Road to Rock (Aus)
1st Dam: Stylish Bel (Aus), by Bel Esprit (Aus)
2nd Dam: Stylish Victory (Aus), by Durham Ranger
3rd Dam: Romantic Peace (Aus), by Mikado (Aus)
(NZ$60,000 Ylg ’14 NZBZSEL). O-Patrick Kwok Ho Chuen; B-Nearco Stud Limited; T-John Moore; J-Derek Leung; HK$2,280,000. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Aus, 16-6-3-3, HK$9,980,720. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report 5-cross pedigree.
2–Booming Delight (Ire), 113, g, 4, Fastnet Rock (Aus)–Starship (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). O-Peter Law Kin Sang; B-T Hirschfeld; T-John Moore; HK$880,000.
3–Jolly Banner (Aus), 113, g, 6, Lonhro (Aus)–Valkyrie Diva (Aus), by Jade Robbery. (A$300,000 Ylg ’13 INGEAS). O-Mr Mrs Kenny Cheng Tsin Ki; B-Makybe Racing Breeding (Vic); T-Ricky Yiu; HK$460,000.
Margins: HD, NK, NO. Odds: 17-2, 5-1, 63-10.
Also Ran: Winner’s Way (Aus), Western Express (Aus), Werther (NZ), Helene Paragon (Fr), Giant Treasure, Beauty Only (Ire), Romantic Touch (Aus), Joyful Trinity (Ire), Harbour Master, Secret Weapon (GB).
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