World’s top-rated miler Beauty Generation could face competition from quality crop of UK and Irish horses in December’s Hong Kong mile
- Beauty Generation is targeting a third straight win in Hong Kong Mile
- The likes of Magical and King of Change are expected to enter Hong Kong meet
- Beauty Generation had won 10 races in a row before defeat on Sunday
- The 7-year-old will return in November before HK$25 million Hong Kong Mile
The world’s top-rated miler Beauty Generation may have to fend off a quality crop of UK and Irish horses in December’s Hong Kong Mile, with the likes of British Champion Stakes winner Magical and Queen Elizabeth Stakes II winner King Of Change both entered in the Group One contest.
Seven-year-old Beauty Generation had won 10 races in a row prior to Sunday’s defeat under top-weight in the Group 2 Queen Mother Memorial Cup at Sha Tin and he’ll look to get back to winning ways in the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile on 17th November, before seeking to equal the record of three consecutive wins in the HK$25 million Hong Kong Mile.
As well as Magical, Aidan O’Brien has entered 2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia and Circus Maximus while Godolphin’s Benbatl and Richard Hannon’s Billesdon Brook complete a high-class line-up.
Beauty Generation could face stiff competition from UK and Irish horses in Hong Kong Mile
King of Change is expected to rival Beauty Generation in December’s HK$25 million race
Meanwhile, in the Hong Kong Cup, Japan’s five-time Group 1-winning filly Almond Eye could face Magical, who is entered for two HKIR contest, and last year’s runner-up Deirdre, while in the Vase last year’s winner Exultant may come up against Ballydoyle’s Epsom Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck and recent Long Distance Cup winner Kew Gardens.
There’s plenty of European interest in the Hong Kong Sprint, with the speedy Flying Five Stakes winner Fairyland, July Cup victor Ten Sovereigns, and Advertise, winner of the Commonwealth Cup and Prix Maurice de Gheest, all entered.
The European battalion could face last year’s winner Beat The Clock as well as HK’s rising star, Aethero.