Champion galloper Beauty Generation will not travel to Japan for a Group One raid next month.
Owner Patrick Kwok Ho-chuen confirmed they will not press forward to the Yasuda Kinen (1,600m) after completing a perfect season in Hong Kong.
The contest loomed as one of the races of the year with star Japanese mare Almond Eye touted to resume her preparation, while also coming up against the talented Danon Premium.
Beauty Generation, who saluted in all eight of his starts this term and extended his winning streak to nine, will instead rest and then connections will look to complete back-to-back perfect seasons.
Trainer John Moore said he was “very happy” with the decision made by the Kwok family and would continue to have the six-year-old ticking over at his Sha Tin stables in preparation for the 2019-20 season.
“The horse is not going to Japan,” Moore said.
“He’s had a long season and we want to have a horse for next season to put together the same number of wins and the same programme as we did this time around.”
Moore had previously stated connections had ambitions to better the unbeaten streak of Silent Witness with another perfect season in what would be Moore’s last with the Jockey Club forcing him to retire at the age of 70.
“He has a break now, he won’t go to China, he will stay here, keep him ticking over because he can be a bit naughty if he’s left doing nothing,” Moore said.
“I’m very happy with what the Kwok family have come up with, I’m happy with that plan.”
After five days of speculation over whether they would make the trip or not, Patrick Kwok sent out a media release on Saturday afternoon.
“Thank you for your continuous support to Beauty Generation,” the statement said.
“We understand that there is interest in the racing community as to whether he will race in the Yasuda Kinen in Japan next month. After thorough discussions with our trainer, we have concluded that the most appropriate and proper arrangement for the horse is for him to stay in Hong Kong.
“He hope that he would, under sufficient rest and training, continue to carry your hopes and continue his winning streak.”