It was his easiest win in what is the perfect season, but Beauty Generation did all he needed to as he captured the FWD Champions Mile to become Hong Kong’s all-time leading prize money earner.
The time and the margin were irrelevant – Zac Purton was only interested in crossing the line first – giving his favourite horse back-to-back wins in the Group One while delivering trainer John Moore an astonishing eighth victory in the feature.
As his $1.05 quote suggests, there was never a moment of worry for the six-year-old’s fans, and Purton never really got out of second gear as he had a significant class edge on his rivals.
The Australian never seriously asked for an effort, he never pulled the persuader and kept looking over his shoulder in the straight to ensure he had a big enough gap on those behind him. Group One races are not meant to be like that, but here we are.
Yes, it was this easy! Beauty Generation wins a second Champions Mile under @zpurton and breaks the all-time Hong Kong prize money record. #Champion #HKChampionsDay #HKracing pic.twitter.com/mek88r2zhx— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) April 28, 2019
In the end, Beauty Generation won by a length-and-a-half (even though it probably could have been 10), beating Tony Millard’s Singapore Sling with the Frankie Lor Fu-chuen-trained Simply Brilliant another half-length back in third. His time of 1:33.63 was almost a second off the track record he set in November.
“It was what we expected him to do today,” Purton said. “When he’s out in front like that mid-race and there’s nothing around him pushing him, he just sort of floats along a little bit. My job was just to keep him rolling a little bit and let him do the rest.
“I’d like to think [there is more in the tank], John wanted me to give him a bit of a push today [but that didn’t happen]. It’s hard to say how much more you’ve got there but he did his job and that’s all you can do.”
The son of Road To Rock has now earned HK$84,770,000 since arriving at Sha Tin, eclipsing Viva Pataca’s previous mark of HK$83,197,500, while he stands alone as the only horse to ever win eight races in a Hong Kong season.
“It definitely is an amazing achievement and a credit to the stable and all the staff who have been able to keep him up,” Moore said.
“To be able to win these races in a facile fashion, we’ve got a champion in our midst and the whole world knows we’ve got one hell of a miler over here.
“Every time I win, it’s truly exciting and to have him in the yard is every trainer’s dream.”
Given he is simply better than the rest of the horses in Hong Kong, the question about whether Beauty Generation will campaign overseas continues to be asked – he holds an entry for Japan’s Yasuda Kinen in June – but those plans are yet to be decided.
One horse who is likely to go overseas is Singapore Sling, who put in his best run of the campaign.
“That was a very good run. That is what he showed us last year,” Millard said. “We know 1,600m is not quite his trip, he’s [better suited] over 1,800m so the options are open now.
“We’ve already been invited to the Yasuda Kinen or we go to Singapore – it all just depends on what the boss wants to do, so we’ll leave it up to him.
“This is as good as we know he is, he was certainly making up a lot of ground at the end. He ran a fantastic race.”
Singapore Sling’s jockey Karis Teetan summed up the plight of the beaten brigade perfectly.
“It’s the best he’s ever felt for me and he fought all the way up the straight. It’s just a shame that he has to run into one like Beauty Generation,” he said.