Beauty Generation still the world’s top miler

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett
  • Beauty Generation ranked #1 as the world's best miler

 

Hong Kong’s two-time horse of the year is again ranked the world’s best miler.

The John Moore-trained Beauty Generation has again been put on top of the world’s best 1600m performers, despite his recent run of outs in Hong Kong.

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) also ranked the Road To Rock gelding as the fourth best horse (overall) in the world with an individual rating of 127, outranking top-line gallopers such as Almond Eye, Winx and reigning Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux.

Three European gallopers, namely Enable, Waldgeist and Crystal Ocean were announced as the co-winners of the “World’s Best Racehorse” for 2019, each with a rating of 128.

Rising Hong Kong star Beat The Clock ranked 29th with a rating of 121 while star three-year-old Aethero finished 35th on the list with 120, a great effort considering he is yet to win a Group One.

Three-time Group One winner Exultant also rated at 120 in a year that saw him win the Group One Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) and the Champions & Chater Cup (2,400m).

Exultant will contest The Centenary Vase at Sha Tin on Monday

Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges was pleased with the way the Hong Kong horses polled in comparison to other nations.

“As a point of context, Ireland had only four horses rated 120 or higher, and France just two” he said.

“It is noteworthy that five of our horses in the rankings rated 120 or above, which accounts for approximately nine per cent of the world’s horses in that elite bracket” he added.

It is also worth noting that while the world class Group One Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2,400m) retained its title as the world’s top-rated race, Hong Kong’s Group One QE II Cup (2,000m) saw its international rating skyrocket to 10th on the list, after failing to make the top 100 in 2018.

Dual Group One winners, Win Bright, Exultant and Lys Gracieux clearly aided in the steep rise after the three of them filled the trifecta in the 2019 event.

The rise in interest of Group One races in Hong Kong also pleased the HKJC.

“To have five races in the top 25 is an impressive achievement,” Engelbrecht-Bresges said. “The fact that our races rank so highly in the list shows that our Group One contests … continue to stand out as high-profile events in the sport’s global arena.”

Top class racing continues at Sha Tin on Monday with the Group Three Centenary Vase (1800m) and the HK $10million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) being run.