Champion Miler out to nail a third straight Silver Jubilee Cup
- Beauty Generation out to find winning form again
- But he will have to 'Beat The Clock' to achieve that
Beauty Generation is looking for his third successive Silver Jubilee Cup but he has to ‘Beat The Clock’ to achieve that goal.
The reigning Hong Kong Horse Of The Year is an early $2.20 favourite with Sportsbet despite finishing winless at his past four outings.
The seven-time Group One winning gelding has won the past two Queens Silver Jubilee Cups and trainer John Moore would like nothing more than to bring up the hat-trick prior to heading off to Dubai next month.
However, he will have to be back to his very best if he hopes to put an end to the winning streak of the John Size-trained Beat The Clock who is set to bring up a hat-trick of his own, should he be successful on Sunday.
The six-year-old Hinchinbrook gelding has won his past two races, both at Group One level.
After finishing third to Aethero in the Group Two J.C Sprint (1200m) back in November last year, he then came out three weeks later and turned the tables on the John Moore-trained gelding in the Group One Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) running a slick 1:08 for the journey.
He was then sent out a $2.50 favourite for the Group One Centenary Cup (1200m) and won that in a tight finish from Thanks Forever with the ever-consistent Hot King Prawn back in third place.
Beat The Clock does it again!
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Meanwhile, Beauty Generation has been involved in a battle of his own.
After winning the Group Three Celebration Cup (1400m) when first-up from a 22-week spell, he hasn’t been able to match that performance in his past four outings, having to settle for minor prizemoney on each occasion.
Trainer John Moore admitted after finishing second in the Group One Steward’s Cup (1600m) behind Waikuku that he was still of the opinion that he would be competitive in Dubai, but another failure here may see plans change for the seven-year-old.
Beat The Clock has had just the three starts this preparation and will be going into Sunday’s race still fresh but much fitter than his last start which on paper at least has him marked as the one to beat.
His stablemate, Hot King Prawn is as honest as they come and will be right there ready to pounce to should anything go wrong in the run home.
John Moore’s second runner, Thanks Forever, is also not to be taken lightly after finishing a head second to Beat The Clock in the Centenary Cup at his last start.
These two will not give Beat The Clock a moment’s peace at they set sail for home.
Joao Moreira is aboard Beat Clock where he has been for all 10 of his career wins and together, they look an impregnable team who will be the hardest to beat on Sunday.