Hong Kong Diary

Hong Kong superstar Able Fried returns to action at Sha Tin on Sunday, and we've got all the latest news ahead of Sunday's meeting - live on Sky Sports Racing.

  • Saturday 19 October
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The master miler is back in action at Sha Tin this weekend and a quick glance at the stats makes interesting reading as Beauty Generation bids to win the Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy for the third year running.

The field for Sunday’s G2 handicap are a combined 0-24 against Beauty Generation since John Moore’s gelding began his ten-race winning streak eighteen months ago, with Southern Legend and Singapore Sling having seen the seven-year-old’s powerful backside six times apiece during that period.

And the ominous news for that pair and the rest of an eleven-runner field for Sunday’s £420,000 contest is that Moore feels his stable star is  “raring to go” as he bids to stretch his streak to eleven.

“Everything is 100 percent, he’s so sound and age is not a factor at this stage. I’m not even thinking about that this season – he’s absolutely flying and he’s so well in the stable,” said Moore.

 “He worked on the turf this morning (Thursday) and my work rider Romain (Clavreul) was very pleased. When he came into the straight he was ready to motor, he wanted to go through the gears so he’s thriving.”

Beauty Generation already held the Sha Tin track records for 1600m and 2200m before he lowered the 1400m best in the Celebration Cup on his recent reappearance and Moore isn’t ruling out another rapid time.

“Romain said he’s itching to get out there and break his mile track record – and he might need to do that to beat those low-weighted horses in this race.”

 “When you concede this much weight there’s always that chance of a defeat but I can assure the trainers of the other horses in the race that he’s going in fitter, and even though he’s carrying the grandstand on his back, I still think he’s some force to reckon with,” Moore said.

 “He was slightly underdone the other week and he’s raring to go now. He was entitled to be tired at the end of the Celebration Cup because it was his first run and he wasn’t 100 percent fit. But he’s just too good.”


You never know which way the jockey wheel will spin in HK but Karis Teetan is thrilled by the prospect of partnering Aethero when John Moore’s gelding bids to prove he is the real thing in next month’s Jockey Club Sprint.

Aethero has reportedly bounced back quickly after breaking the 1000m track record at Sha Tin last Saturday and, with Moreira tied to Beat The Clock and Purton unable to do 8s 1lb, Teetan has been called up for a G2 contest that will go a long way to establishing the pecking order among the fastest horses in town.

Of course, I’m delighted and I’m taking this opportunity with both hands,” he said. “Aethero looked impressive last time and he’s shown from day one what he is. Mr Moore has always supported me – I’ve been on his big horses before – so I just hope I can make a big connection with this one.”

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