On the record: Beauty Generation, Mickaelle Michel, Tadhg O’Shea and more …

• The week’s significant milestones

Horse Racing Beauty Generation
Zac Purton celebrates after Beauty Generation’s victory in G2 Chairman’s Trophy. Photo: HKJC

100,000,000 Beauty Generation

Hong Kong: Even before Sunday’s victory at Sha Tin in the Chairman’s Trophy, Beauty Generation was already Hong Kong’s record prize-money of all-time. 

However, he took his career tally over the HK$100 million mark – HK$100,422,500 to be precise, or about £10.5m – with a decisive half-length victory over Kah Yong Star in the G2 event to set up his bid to complete a hat-trick in the Champions Mile at the end of the month.

“That’s a target to set!” said trainer John Moore. “The prize-money will have to go up for a horse ever to do that! My own target for him was 120 million but it needed a win in Dubai to get there.”

The seven-year-old’s success was his 18th in Hong Kong, matching the career tally of superstar sprinter Silent Witness. Including his early days in Australia, he has won 20 of 37 career starts. With his official mark of 127 in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018, he became the joint-highest-rated horse in the history of Hong Kong racing alongside Able Friend.


8 Tadhg O’Shea

UAE: While the cancellation of the Dubai World Cup was by far the highest-profile casualty of the Emirates racing scene owing to coronavirus, the worldwide pandemic also meant their domestic season ended early.

When hostilities ceased, Tadhg O’Shea was on top of the jockeys’ title with 42 winners, six more than his closest pursuer Richard Mullen. As a result, O’Shea claimed a record eighth UAE title, one more than Ted Durcan.

Longserving Dubai trainer Satish Seemar led the trainers’ list with 45 winners to claim his sixth title from Doug Watson, who finished on 36.


64 Manny Franco

USA: Aqueduct’s long winter meet also closed early, losing six racing days owing to coronavirus with the New York racetrack facility now in use as a temporary hospital.

Tiz The Law’s Florida Derby-winning rider Manny Franco claimed his third consecutive title as the meet’s leading jockey with 64 victories, while Linda Rice topped the trainers’ lists with 40. She has now won seven NYRA-meet titles altogether.

“I changed my business model five years ago to stay in New York year-round and not divide my stable between New York and Florida,” said Rice. “I think that’s certainly helped us to gain more ground on the New York circuit. New York has really good purses and we’ve concentrated on racing here for the most part.”


30 Mickaelle Michel

Japan: When she partnered Emmy’s Romance to win at Funabashi on Tuesday [March 31], Mickaelle Michel broke the record for victories in Japan by an overseas rider on a short-term licence. 

The victory was the French star’s 30th from 267 rides on a two-month licence on Japan’s second-tier circuit, the NAR (National Association of Racing).

“Getting the record is fantastic,” said 24-year-old Michel, who has become a massive fan favourite in Japan. “Now I am a much stronger and better rider and better equipped to ride all over the world.”

The previous best mark of 29 was achieved by both Alan Munro in 2011 and Ryan Curatolo in 2017.


100 Tony Gollan

Australia: A treble at Doomben on Saturday [April 4] was enough for leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan to reach the century mark for the fourth time in his career. As the Queensland metropolitan premiership has been suspended owing to coronavirus, he is sure to win his seventh straight title in Brisbane.

Saturday’s treble of Niedorp, Get Stuck In and Macewen wasn’t time for celebration for Gollan, however, whose father Darryl died on Friday night after a long battle with cancer and had a marked influence on his son’s career.

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