A good, even pace brought out the best of two relative newcomers on Sunday at Sha Tin in the sixth race and both Unicron Jewellery and Go Beauty Go look a couple of improvers who can continue a good run lately for International Sale Griffins.
Typical of the ISGs, both look horses which will improve with experience but they can be followed short term too and have some upside after running the quinella in the Class Four over 1,600m.
The two four-year-olds had shown something in their early attempts this season but slow tempos and traffic issues had worked against them but with a truly run race on Sunday, we saw a better version of each one.
The John Moore-trained Go Beauty Go had been unplaced in his first four starts and had a muddling speed against him when he was just outside the placings behind Volitation two runs back at 1,400m and then ran into interference as well in the race won by Blazing Pass, where he did a good job to be only two lengths away at the finish.
On Sunday, Zac Purton’s first priority looked to be to get Go Beauty Go to settle in the race and the smooth tempo allowed him to do that before he closed off strongly into second.
His final 400m was the third best of the meeting, only just a little slower than Class Two horses Sichuan Dar and Ultimate Glory later in the day, and it was a nice pointer to better things to come.
The well-bred gelding was pulling good ground off the winner in the run to the line and is worth following in Class Four at his next couple, but Unicron Jewellery is also worth keeping on side.
He goes to Class Three after getting a seven-point rating rise from the win and he should be easy to place in the higher grade with a light weight next time.
His three starts have been over 1,600m so far but don’t be surprised if trainer John Size looks for something longer than that for Unicron Jewelley in the not too distant future.