Perfect Beauty ready for Japanese challenge

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Having become Hong Kong's greatest-ever money winner with his second success in the G1 Champions Mile, an international challenge awaits the NZ-bred star Beauty Generation.

Japan awaits Hong Kong superstar Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock) after an effortless second win in the G1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin.

Patrick Kwok, who owns the 6-year-old, will meet overnight with trainer John Moore to determine where they want to go to with the champion miler, who took his prizemoney to a record HK$84.77 million - past Viva Pataca's (GB) (Marju {Ire}) previous mark - with his eighth win of the season and ninth consecutive win overall.

Jockey Zac Purton had the easiest of rides aboard the long odds-on favourite, taking him to the front and dictating the race. The champion jockey even allowed himself a long look over his shoulder at the 300m mark.

He held a 1.5l margin over Singapore Sling (SAF) (Philanthropist {USA}) on the line, with Simply Brilliant (GB) (Frankel {GB}) third, but was almost eased down by Purton over the final 50m.

"We knew he was ready today, so I cut the ribbons and let him bowl along." - Jockey Zac Purton

"It felt pretty good. We knew he was ready today, so I cut the ribbons and let him bowl along," Purton, who moved within one of Gerald Mosse's record of 22 Group 1 wins in Hong Kong.

Overseas ambitions

For Moore, it was another satisfying success for a horse that was purchased out of Anthony Cummings' stable in Australia at the end of his 3-year-old season.

"I'm over the moon over the whole thing. We've got a great horse on our hands and to think he's in Hong Kong, it’s a very, very big plus for all racegoers," he said.

"Today was facile again. He lived up to expectations and now we need to sit down with the owners and see if we want to move to a different country and prove him on a different ground," he said.

The Group 1 Yasuda Kinen in June is the race most likely on the radar for Beauty Generation, who completed a perfect season on Sunday and has nothing left to prove in his adopted home.

That race was been won by Hong Kong trained pair Bullish Luck (USA) (Royal Academy {USA}) and Fairy King Prawn ((Danehill {USA}), while champion Silent Witness (El Moxie) was third in 2005.

Australasian beginnings

Bred at Highden Stud in New Zealand by Nearco Stud, he was picked out at the NZB Karaka Sale for just $60,000 by Kylie Bax's Hermes Syndications.

He raced in Australia for Cummings under the name Montaigne, where he had six starts for two wins, including a second in the G1 Rosehill Guineas before he was sold.

He won two of his first seven races in Hong Kong before finding his best over the mile, winning five of eight races in his second year, including G1 success in the Hong Kong Mile, the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup and the Champions Mile.

He reached another level this season, winning those same three races again as well as the G1 Stewards Cup in January, three more races at Group 2 level and one at Group 3 level.