Beaten Beauty can make amends says Moore
What price would you have taken about Beauty Generation at Sha Tin on Sunday had you known he was going to record a faster 400m split than for any of his ten previous wins over 1600m at Sha Tin?
Most people would assume that John Moore’s gelding would be invincible in such circumstances but a distinctly uneven gallop in the Sha Tin Trophy set things up for a boilover and Irish recruits Rise High and Waikuku swept by in the final 200m to inflict Beauty Generation’s first defeat for over eighteen months.
Trainer John Moore didn’t take long to form a clear conclusion as to what had brought a winning streak of ten to a jarring halt and is confident that normal service will be resumed when the master miler bids to make amends in the Jockey Club Mile on November 17th.
“The race just wasn’t run to suit,” he said. “You could see he was heavily restrained in behind and he just wasn’t comfortable. I think we can just forgive him for it. Wait for the set-weights races and see what happens.”
Purton equally confident that Generation can up his game
After time to reflect, Purton is also of a mind to think that one shock defeat shouldn’t be held against a horse who went into Sunday’s race rated just 1lb behind the best around according to the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
“It’s the same race as last year when he nearly got beat – it’s a bogey race for him,” he said. “It’s because they have so long off in the off season and he runs so well first time out and then has to back up very quickly after that.
“The edge is just off him and that, I’m sure, contributed to his performance. He has a nice break between now and his next race and let’s not forget that last season he broke the track record at his third run in so I expect him to bounce back.”
Caspar on a High as a new star rises
Meanwhile, Rise High’s trainer Caspar Fownes was in no way surprised to see him making his mark at such a high level under Hong Kong’s leading homegrown rider Vincent Ho.
Known as Landfall when winning two out of two for Irish trainer Ken Condon in 2016, the five-year-old thrived in the latter part of last season and, having beaten the champion miler, will now bid to dethrone HK’s best middle distance stayer when he goes head to head with Exultant in the Jockey Club Cup over 2000m next month.
“I’ve been saying for a while that I think Rise High is the next big thing in HK and he’s slowly starting to get there,” he said.
“Beauty Generation is such a superstar, a champion, but I said when I was walking in that champions get beat and let’s hope we do it today.
“It was looking like a dream until Waikuku sneaked up the inside – and the clacker got a little bit tight – but it’s been a great day and it’s great for Vincent, too.”