The Hong Kong Classic Mile: Our Selections
Beauty Generation, who was G1-placed in Australia when named Montaigne, has had two starts in Hong Kong, finishing second on debut in a 1400m Class 2 handicap behind My Darling before racing to a head victory in another Class 2 handicap over the Classic Mile course and distance last time out.
Trainer John Moore is preparing to send out half of the 14-runner field for the Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday (22 January), but after trackwork on Thursday morning (19 January), he had eyes for one of his seven contenders in particular. Rapper Dragon may be the highest-rated runner in the set weights affair, Eagle Way and Helene Charisma may be the Group 1 winners, but it was Beauty Generation that stole the handler’s attention after a dazzling gallop down the back straight under regular rider Zac Purton.
If you fancy something each way take a Look at Western Express he was well back last time out and finished well to run 3rd. With a bit of luck in running he could be right there at the finish.
The Hong Kong Classic Mile is usually a fierce contest and that was the case last year when Hong Kong’s subsequent Champion Miler Sun Jewellery fought off a rival that would go on to take the BMW Hong Kong Derby and the Horse of the Year crown, the brilliant Werther.
The first and shortest race in the Four-Year-Old Classic Series, it is a chance for the best horses of their generation to gain a coveted spot in March’s BMW Hong Kong Derby.
Many a super star has contested the Hong Kong Classic Mile. Beauty Flash, Lucky Nine, Able Friend and the recent Hong Kong Mile winner Beauty Only each won the race before spring-boarding to international Group 1 glory.
Trainer Tony Cruz has taken the trophy four times in the last ten years, a fabulous record.