Hong Kong Diary

Beauty Generation is almost ready to return, while Karis Teetan is on a roll and Joao Moreira is playing the numbers game. Hong Kong's new season is in full swing and Sky Sports Racing will have all the action live from Happy Valley's midweek meeting this Wednesday.

  • Tuesday 24 September
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Master Miler ready to meet his latest challenge

How do you improve on a flawless campaign?

That is the problem faced by Beauty Generation this season but Hong Kong's dual Horse of the Year is ready to return after easing his way through a barrier trial on Tuesday morning.

John Moore's seven-year-old, who became the first horse in HK history to win eight races in a single season last term, will bid to win the Celebration Cup for the third year running on a big holiday card at Sha Tin next Tuesday.

Moore said: "He'll go into the race slightly underdone, which is taken for granted at this stage of his prep. It wouldn't be a disaster if he did get beat," he added. "But I don't think he will."

The latter view is bound to be reflected in the market for next week's 1400m contest - as Beauty Generation was sent off at increasingly prohibitive odds as his winning streak grew last season - but his regular rider Zac Purton is acutely aware that good horses will be receiving a great deal of weight.

Take Singapore Sling, for example. Tony Millard's gelding saw the master miler's backside no fewer than five times last season but he goes very well fresh and gets 20lb from the master miler after a smooth trial success at Happy Valley last Friday.

Teetan goes nap with Sha Tin five timer

So much for the notion that Karis Teetan might get somewhat lost in the ever-changing HK jockey shuffle this season.

The theory looked sound enough, with Joao Moreira resuming freelance status and Blake Shinn arriving from Australia as a proven G1 rider.

However, no-one had told the relentlessly positive Teetan that he was up against it and the Mauritian Magician took Saturday's Sha Tin Card by storm with a superb 53,000/1 five timer that included wins aboard British imports More Than This and King Of Hearts.

“I had a beautiful day, I came here with a clean mind and everything fell right,” said Teetan.

"As soon as I got back this season I thought this could be the toughest one yet, jockey wise, and I think it is. It's very hard to get good rides but I can go to the next meeting feeling good and ready to rock again."

Fahey import takes first step on Derby trail

Richard Fahey thought a great deal of More Than This, who won three out of three when trained at Musley Bank last year, and the Dutch Art gelding landed his second race in HK to form the third leg of Teetan's five timer.

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