By Jon Lees
Hong Kong: There will be no international farewell tour for Hong Kong star Beauty Generation, who is set to bring the curtain down on a glittering career in Japan, after two more runs at home.
Connections have spurned an opportunity to run him on the Dubai World Cup card next month and have instead nominated the G1 Yasuda Kinen on June 7 as his final start, which also rules out any hope he might come to Royal Ascot in 2020.
Beauty Generation, at one time the world’s top rated miler, ended a barren spell when capturing the G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin this month, his eighth G1 success.
The victory appeared to set him up for a run at Meydan, which would have been his first away from Sha Tin since he arrived at John Moore’s Hong Kong stable in 2016. But his owner Simon Kwok Siu-ming outlined a different plan on Sunday.
“He’ll have two more races in Hong Kong, the Group 2 [Chairman’s Trophy on April 5] and then the Group 1 [Champions Mile on April 26], and then we’ll go to Japan in June,” he told the South China Morning Post. “Maybe after running in Japan he will retire.”
The seven-year-old Beauty Generation would be making his Hong Kong farewell in the Champions Mile which he would be attempting to win for the third year running.
Moore, who recently saddled his 1,700th winner in Hong Kong, has long hoped to travel Beauty Generation internationally. If he gets the chance to run his star horse in the Yasuda Kinen, it would be his final G1 starter as a Hong Kong trainer as he is forced to take compulsory retirement on age grounds at the end of the season as he turns 70 in March.
The Yasuda Kinen has been open to international runners since 1993 and was won by Godolphin’s Heart Lake, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, in 1995.
Beauty Generation would be attempting to emulate Fairy King Prawn (2000) and Bullish Luck (2006) who both won the race for Hong Kong.
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