Beauty Generation will “jump” out of the starting gate on Thursday morning when he has his final pre-race fast work ahead of the G1 FWD Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Trainer John Moore is keen to “switch on” his stable star into what will be his eighth race of an unbeaten campaign which began in October.
“He’ll jump out of the gates, which isn’t usual for him. He’s been up a long time and we noticed last season that he was a little lethargic out of the gates at the back end, so the jump out should sharpen him,” he said at Sha Tin this morning, Monday, 22 April.
“He’s been out this morning and he still has a lot of energy to say he’s been up for so long this season.”
Work rider Romain Clavreul will be in the plate each morning this week with champion jockey Zac Purton being saved for the race itself.
“Zac won't ride him until race day – Romain will be on him – for the simple reason that he gets a bit playful and we don't want him to suffer any injury as a result of that. We’re just being cautious,” Moore said.
“Romain will be on when we gallop him on Thursday, down the back, the same thing as he did before his last start – just the same work again really but with the jump out.”
Beauty Generation cruised to victory in the G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) 15 days ago but Moore has been tweaking the preparations to lift his star to a peak for this weekend’s “Grand Final”.
“We’ve increased his workload a little bit since his last run to make sure he’s very sharp on the day. He’s just so durable and he’s coping with all of it. The programme here dictates when he runs but the races are so spaced that it works in his favour.”
The six-year-old, the co-top rated horse in the world at present, is bidding for a second successive win in the Champions Mile. The Road To Rock gelding had some “shoeing” issues earlier this term and Moore is being careful to avoid any mishaps on that front.
“He’s been re-shod already and everything is in order for the Champions Mile,” he said. “It’s just the standard re-shoeing, we do it quite a few days out because we know we’ve got to be careful with that because of his flat feet.”
Moore is shooting for an eighth win in the Champions Mile.
Beauty Generation and Zac Purton, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club