Hong Kong Mile Tips – Beauty Generation draws wide but has the class to win
- World's best miler needs to overcome wide draw
- Moore still confident of victory
Voted the world’s best miler (on turf), Beauty Generation will have to overcome a wide draw to take out this year’s Group One Longines Hong Kong Mile.
Going by his efforts this time in, the wide draw shouldn’t pose too big a problem with class on his side.
The six-year-old is unbeaten in three starts since returning from a 22-week break and has only improved with each run.
His first-up run was in the Group Three Celebration Cup over 1400m and despite being asked to carry 60.5kgs, he still put more than two lengths on his opposition that day and made it look easy.
Three weeks later, he stepped up to his pet distance of 1600m in the Group Two Sha Tin Trophy and again lumping 60.5kgs gave the field a galloping lesson.
Shooting two lengths clear inside the final 300 metres, he held them all at bay, with Singapore Sling being the only serious challenger who finished within half a length of the Road To Rock gelding.
However, the 7.5kg weight advantage enjoyed by the Tony Millard-trained Singapore Sling disappears here as they meet again at level weights.
Then after a four-week let-up, Beauty Generation lined up in the Group Two J.C Mile and after jumping from the outside gate (8), he not only went on to win the event, but he set a new track record of 1:32.64 in the process.
What made this an even more special achievement was the way in which he ran that time.
He was caught wide at the start, forcing Purton to ease him back to find cover, then passing the 800m mark, Purton pushed the horse up to be outside the leader nearing the turn. On straightening, the horse hung out badly and finished nearer the outside fence as he went on to win by three lengths.
To break a track record over any distance, with that kind of racing pattern, is what separates the good horses from the great horses.
His red-figure quote here is very justified and despite drawing wide again, he has proven he can overcome this and still win in top class company.
He shapes up here as the pick of the meeting and we should look at the rest of the field to fill the exotics.
One horse that got under many people’s guard was Beauty Only who has finished in the minor placings on several occasions.
His last start effort was very impressive, coming from last to grab third prize, being nutted for second by Southern Legend who came again near the line.
Those two runners could easily fill the trifecta placings again.
Zac Purton thinks highly of Beauty Generation and voiced his opinion at a recent press conference.
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While trainer John Moore isn’t getting carried away with the moment, he stresses the point that the horse is in peak condition and he has the home track advantage.
"We've got hometown advantage!"@gramage_ get's the latest update from John Moore on his leading chances – Beauty Generation and Eagle Way @HKJC_Racing #HKIR #KennedyAUOfficial pic.twitter.com/YyJSp4iCwt
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