John Moore denies retirement plans for HK Champion

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett
  • Beauty Generation has a new target
  • Aethero racing the clock
Trainer John Moore has denied any truth to the rumours of his multiple Group One winning horse Beauty Generation heading to the retirement paddock.
After finishing off a perfect season when last in work, which included four Group One successes from as many appearances, the HK champion returned to the track this time in as a first-up winner, but has since had his colours lowered on three occasions.
This led to calls for the two-time Horse Of The Year to be retired, however Moore has hit back and put those claims to bed as he plans for his next mission.

“He is back in work as of Monday, we are heading towards the Stewards’ Cup so the same plan as we had all along for him,” Moore said.

“We can’t do any more than what we have done with him, it might be the age factor kicking in, which I was trying to keep out of the equation.

“It is a pity that he is always taken on and doesn’t get his way in front to make his own sectionals but that is racing, we can’t tell people how to run their horse.

“As far as I am concerned, we will head to the Stewards’ Cup and we will see after that.”

The Group One Steward’s Cup (1600m) will be run at Sha Tin on January 19 where the now seven-year-old gelding will attempt to defend the crown he won last year where he won the race by three lengths.
Meanwhile, Moore’s other stable-star Aethero is still on the sick list after his weakening third in the Group One Hong Kong Sprint (1200m).
It was announced last week that the promising three-year-old had come down with a fever after the race which may have contributed to his lack of dash over the final 100 metres of the event.
Moore admitted the son of Sebring was still under a cloud but was confident he would be back at work very soon.

“He is not a well horse at the moment, he should be able to start back training [soon],” he said.

“He got it badly, that’s why he didn’t win that race.

“We know he can break (1:08.00 for 1,200m) and he wasn’t able to do it, you could see him labouring with it.

“His bloods before the race did not show anything and gave no indication that there was something coming on, if there was, he wouldn’t have run,” he said.

Moore will be anxious to see the youngster fit and well as he targets the Group One Centenary Sprint Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin which is run on the same day as his stablemate (Beauty Generation) takes on the Group One Steward’s Cup.