John Moore, Zac Purton and Beauty Generation. Photo: Kenneth Chan
Beauty Generation suffers first defeat in 18 months: ‘he just wasn’t comfortable’
The two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year leaves fans stunned as he goes under in the Group Two Sha Tin Trophy on Sunday.
The streak is over. Beauty Generation has been beaten.
The superstar of Hong Kong racing suffered his first defeat in more than 18 months as Rise High and Waikuku ran past him to claim the Group Two Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (1,600m) and stop his winning run at 10.
The result left fans stunned.
Beauty Generation was bulletproof last season – winning all eight of his races – and he returned in stunning fashion with a dominant victory first-up over 1,400m, smashing the track record in the process.
He was expected to continue on his merry way – he jumped at $1.30 – despite the handicap conditions forcing him to carry between 14 and 20 pounds more than all of his rivals.
Weight can stop trains, but it wasn’t meant to halt Beauty Generation on Sunday.
Everything started to unravel right from the start.
Jockey Zac Purton had to push a little harder than usual to muster speed after the barriers crashed back and was unable to take up his customary front-running role, with Ka Ying Star and Glorious Forever able to cross.