Veteran sprint star Mr Stunning is being retired from racing after his brilliant win in Sunday’s Group One Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1,200m) at Sha Tin.
The seven-year-old will bow out a three-time Group One winner with more than HK$60 million in prize money to his name.
His trainer Frankie Lor Fu-chuen confirmed the retirement on Monday, telling the Post owner Maurice Koo Win-chong was happy to send their sprint marvel out a winner.
“The horse will retire and then maybe the owner will send the horse back to Australia to enjoy his life,” he said. “Yesterday was his last race so we are very happy he could win and retire on top.”
Formerly trained by John Size when he won the Group One Hong Kong Sprint in 2017, Mr Stunning was transferred to Lor’s stable at the start of the 2018-19 season.
Under Lor, he went on to defend his Hong Kong Sprint crown in 2018 before signing off in style on Sunday in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize.
While he is a 12-time winner, Mr Stunning’s only two wins for Lor came at Group One level.
Upon news of his retirement, Lor revealed winning jockey Karis Teetan visited Mr Stunning on Monday morning to see him off.
“Karis came down this morning to take some photos with the horse, he is very happy,” Lor laughed.
While Mr Stunning’s future is clear, a decision has not been made on what is next for Beauty Generation.
Owner Patrick Kwok Ho-chuen confirmed his family was still assessing the options following his gallant second to Southern Legend in the Group One Champions Mile on Sunday.
With a trip to Japan seemingly impossible in the current climate, there are Group Three options available for the two-time Horse of the Year at the end of the season should they decide to race on.
“What more can I ask for, not only a champion horse. [Beauty Generation] also took my family and I on this unforgettable journey – defying doubts to break records and beat the odds,” Kwok tweeted on Monday morning. “Your fighting spirit was there again yesterday. Your heart is huge. Thanks champ/boss.”
His trainer John Moore said he was keen to continue racing the seven-year-old in Australia after his forced retirement from Hong Kong at the end of the season.
“I’d like to take him back for a mile race in Australia and then have him stay there at the Living Legends farm,” he said.