The Sprint had the odds-on Santa Ana Lane as favourite but the lack of pace in the race didn’t help and while he came rattling home with a fast 800m and a very fast 400m the locals had stolen a march and took the first three places. Winner Beat The Clock has been showing good form as a 5yo and will now have a holiday before coming back to the December Internationals.
Beauty Generation is a class above as a miler certainly in Hong Kong where he had no trouble bowling along in front and grabbing the money which took him to the top in the prize money stakes, and a record of 8 wins from 8 races in the season – he had another win before that so he’s now on 9 consecutive wins.
Singapore Sling ran very well for second – both are entered in the Yasuda Kinen so it will be interesting to see if they go. Certainly for Beauty Generation there’s not much else for him in Hong Kong this season.
The Japanese took out the Cup, a race in which they have done very well in the past, only this time with the least favoured of their three runners, namely Win Bright, who lowered the track record in the process. He was given a top ride by Masami Matsuoka and was our pick for the best-looking horse – a gorgeous grey with one of those elegant tails that goes from grey to white.
The undercard produced some good racing with John Moore and Frankie Lor both training trebles and Zac Purton and Vincent Ho both riding doubles.