Brilliant Beauty Generation retains Hong Kong Mile title

Last year’s winner follows up in style with flawless display

  • Sunday 09 December
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Beauty Generation won his second Longines Hong Kong Mile as he easily accounted for his rivals in the Group One at Sha Tin.

The John Moore-trained gelding is one of the top-ranked milers in the world and was a hot favourite for this event after winning his last four starts.

Zac Purton had to put in some early work to get his mount to the front in the early stages, but once he assumed the lead, Beauty Generation always looked comfortable and he stretched away when his rider gave the signal in the straight.

Beauty Generation soon put daylight between himself and the field, with Purton easing down some way before the line as the William Buick-ridden Vivlos took second with Southern Legend third.

William Haggas’ One Master could not get a pitch early on in the race but finished well enough while Andrew Balding’s Beat The Bank was back in the pack.

Moore said: “That was the most impressive win I’ve had in Hong Kong by far. What he did today – he was taken on up the inside and he had to do it the hard way as far as I’m concerned.

“We’ve got a really good horse on our hands here. They breed them tough in New Zealand!

“I said to the press earlier in the week he needs to go away to make a global great and from that point of view I will speak to the owners about the Dubai Turf and that is my preference.

“I don’t look back to the past so much and today was an absolutely outstanding effort. He just lived up to expectations. There were a lot of detractors out there that said this and that, and those detractors have said now he is a champion.

“Once he gets to the front he has a high cruising speed and when he gets to the corner, he lets loose and the horses in behind just have trouble making up the ground. Today was fantastic.

“I’d love to travel and take him to Dubai. I’ve won the Shaheen and had others placed over there. He could go further as he has a very high cruising speed and no doubt he would get a mile and a quarter.”

Buick was thrilled to claim minor honours on the Japanese-trained Vivlos, adding: “She ran great. She was always really comfortable through the race and the trainer had her in great shape.

“He thought she would run a big race. The winner is outstanding but she ran a great race.”

One Master eventually finished eighth and Haggas said: “Ryan (Moore) said to the other boys she got upset in the stalls. She came from a long way back and stayed on well.

“We are going to keep her in training and the owners have got the travelling bug. The trip is fine and no issue at all.”

Beat The Bank came home 11th and Anna-Lisa Balding, representing her trainer husband Andrew, was pleased to have realised the ambition of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash in October.

She said: “It was disappointing not to run into the money. He has not got that early gate speed and here they all break like sprinters.

“He is a star and is always going to be. We’ve had a lovely trip and it is something Vichai (Srivaddhanaprabha, owner who died last month) always wanted to do. We will give him a nice holiday and come back next season.

“Oisin (Murphy) got off and said he would get further. Andrew will have a plan, but the important thing is he will have a nice holiday.”

Mr Stunning secured back-to-back victories in the the Longines Hong Kong Sprint as he once again held off DB Pin.

The duo filled the first two places in the Group One event last year, but John Size’s Hot King Prawn was widely expected to prevail after winning each of his last four starts.

He usually sets the pace but was taken on for the lead by Ivictory in the middle of the six-furlong race and dropped away in the final furlong.

Karis Teetan was getting an excellent tune out of Mr Stunning though, and he flew home with DB Pin, who was also second last year, taking minor honours.

David Elsworth fielded Sir Dancealot in the race, but he never featured and finished last of the 11 runners, with Pingwu Spark withdrawn at the start.

Teetan said: “This is incredible, I’ve never felt like this. It’s the first time I’ve heard the crowd shout like this. Only this horse could give me this kind of win today.

“Twelve months ago he won the race and I was standing in the stands. God was good and I ended up back on the horse and everything ended up perfect.

“He came out so good and I was pretty happy to sit with no cover. My horse never travelled too hard in the race and he really was relaxed. I knew when I pressed the button he was going to go today. This is a dream come true.

“I can’t believe I’m standing here doing this. I’ve worked hard and God has been good to me.”

Mr Stunning was handled by Size when he won last year but is now with Frankie Lor, who added: “I’m very happy today. Karis did a great job.

“I took a long time to get my license. I need to keep trying my best to keep going and get more Group One winners.”

Elsworth was far from disheartened by Sir Dancealot’s performance, believing six furlongs to be a touch short of his optimum trip.

He said: “He actually ran very well even though he finished last. The start was very unsatisfactory as he went in early and was in the stalls for a long time and consequently he fell out the stalls, but that was only a minor thing.

“He moved into the race and he was not beaten very far. We rather thought the trip was a bit on the sharp side as he is best over seven and so it proved. I’m not making too many excuses though.”

Brilliant Beauty Generation retains Hong Kong Mile title
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