• The week’s significant milestones
8 Beauty Generation
Hong Kong: Superstar miler Beauty Generation bounced back to form after four straight defeats to win the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin’s Sunday meeting. In so doing, the seven-year-old completed a hat-trick in the G1 event – and it was the two-time HK Horse of the Year’s eighth victory altogether at the top level. Trainer John Moore was winning the 7f race for the 11th time.
68 Gordon Richards
Australia: Gytrash ran out the surprise 20-1 winner of the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday – thereby giving veteran trainer Gordon Richards, 68, his first G1 success in a career spanning five decades. The South Australian gelding may now be considered for Royal Ascot.
8 Mark Zahra
Australia: Gytrash’s jockey Mark Zahra was suspended for eight meetings for careless riding on the Lightning Stakes victor. Though the four-year-old kept the race, he was adjudged to hampered the runner-up Redzel, the dual Everest winner. Zahra’s suspension begins after this weekend’s Blue Diamond Stakes card; colleague James McDonald also got a six-day ban for breaching whip rules in another race.
15 Shug McGaughey
USA: Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey is serving a 15-day suspension after Tactical Affair failed a drug test after a race in September at Belterra Park, near Cincinnati, Ohio. The horse tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide – a Class 4 drug, hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic commonly used to treat edema or high blood pressure in humans – and has been disqualified from her victory in an allowance contest. According to reports, McGaughey has had only one other medication violation since he started training in 1978 – and that happened 37 years ago.
2,000 Jerry Robb
USA: Trainer John ‘Jerry’ Robb landed his 2,000th career success with Stroll Smokin’s front-running victory in a $42,000 allowance contest at Laurel Park on February 15. “I’m very proud because I did it with a small stable, 50 wins at a time,” said Robb, 67. “It takes forever. I doubt if I’ll make any more thousands.”