Beauty Generation could still be Dubai bound
- Moore wants his reigning Horse of the Year on the plane
Despite being beaten yet again, trainer Gary Moore said he saw enough in Beauty Generation to take the seven-year-old to Dubai where he plans to contest the Group One Dubai Turf (1800m).
It was the fourth time in succession that the reigning horse of the year had finished behind Waikuku, but Moore believes he still has what it takes to beat the world in Dubai.
All Moore has to do now is convince the Kwok family (owners of Beauty Generation) that the trip would be a worthwhile exercise.
“I think he’s the right horse to take to Dubai, that would be the main target now if we can convince the Kwok family to take him,” Moore said.
“I know they wanted to take him to 1,400m and I said no. I said [he should run in] this race, if we could turn him around and put a bit of rejuvenation into him, which we did.”
Attempting to defend last year’s title, Zac Purton had the champ in pride of place, out front and leading the field into the home straight.
For a fleeting moment, it was signs of déjà vu as he kicked clear to lead them by two lengths inside the final 300 metres.
However Joao (Mr Cool) Moreira then made his move on Waikuku and from last on the turn, he sprouted wings and at the 200m mark, it was clear who was finishing the better.
But the champ never gave in and he fought on like a caged tiger to go down by a mere neck on the line.
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In finishing second, Beauty Generation clocked 1:33.7 for the mile trip which is the second fastest time he has recorded in all his 1600m runs at Sha Tin.
Only once in his previous 18 starts at the track and distance has he run a quicker time, and that was his track record run of 1:32.64 which he clocked in winning the 2018 Group Two Jockey Club Sprint..
Having said that, this paints an even clearer picture on the efforts of race winner Waikuku and what the future may hold for him.
In this, Gary Moore’s final season (as he is being forced into retirement in accordance with the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s rules of racing), his final wish is to see his multiple Group One-winning gelding take on some of the world’s best and bring home an overseas scalp.