Zac Purton has formed a strong association with the powerful Kwok family and their “Beauty” horses this season and Go Beauty Go could add to the jockey’s outstanding 2016-17 campaign with another win soon.
The Australian rider has won eight of his 55 races this term in the family’s black, white and pink silks, including the Group Two Jockey Club Mile and Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup on Beauty Only, but has also done the job in the lower grades as well.
Go Beauty Go broke through the Class Four ceiling with two wins from his last three starts but a smooth trial by the four-year-old at Sha Tin on Tuesday suggested he may yet have another win in him up in grade.
It took six starts this season for John Moore’s Hong Kong International Sale graduate to win and the son of O’Reilly was again successful at a mile last start.
The common denominator between the wins were barrier one and soft runs in transit under Purton, which might usually mean the next win might take a little a while longer to arrive.
But the dominant nature of the last start win showed that perhaps Go Beauty Go just needed time and is still improving with racing, a somewhat standard situation with many ISGs.
The two-length margin not only adds some confidence to Go Beauty Go’s claims next time out but also adds eight ratings points, pushing him on a mark of 67 and may just lift the gelding into Purton’s weight range and allow him to ride again.
Go Beauty Go is no world beater but there is scope there for another win and the grinding type may even be suited by the dirt in time, at least if his trials on the surface are anything to go by.
Apprentice Jack Wong Ho-nam is yet to win in the seven rides since he returned from a broken leg last week but a result shouldn’t be far away for the seven-pound claimer.
It could even come on Wednesday night with Emperor Victory in the Sea Eagle Handicap after the Me Tsui Yu-sak drew a better barrier from the tricky 1,650m starting point.
At his last two starts, Emperor Victory has been forced to work across from wide gates and last start still managed to stick on for third behind Enreaching and Sure Peace.
But if Emperor Victory can’t get there for the 23-year-old, then perhaps Looks Eras can find the line first for Wong, although it may take dropping back in trip to do it.
After winning a 1,400m race for three-year-olds in November, Look Eras was a distant but creditable third behind Pakistan Star and Sea Jade in The Griffin Trophy.
It was a good enough performance to see the Irish-bred gelding sent out 9-1 in a 1,650m Class Three at Happy Valley with Alex Lai Hoi-win aboard.
The son of Dream Ahead just didn’t get the trip though, despite a good run, and Tsui will now surely look for alternatives at 1,400m.