Big Night for Karaka Graduates at Hong Kong Awards

Having earned the equivalent of NZ$16.2 million, Beauty Generation (NZ) has won more than 270 times his purchase price at Karaka.
Having earned the equivalent of NZ$16.2 million, Beauty Generation (NZ) has won more than 270 times his purchase price at Karaka.

Graduates of New Zealand Bloodstock Sales claimed four trophies at Hong Kong’s Champion Awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Friday night, headed by a second consecutive Horse of the Year honour for the record-breaking champion Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock).

Bought for just $60,000 at the 2014 Select Sale at Karaka, the John Moore-trained gelding was unbeaten throughout 2018-19. He broke a Hong Kong record with eight victories in a season, four of them at Group 1 level including dazzling repeat victories in the Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and FWD Champions Mile (1600m).

Beauty Generation has also set a new all-time prize-money record of HK$84.7 million and earned the equal-highest rating (127) ever achieved by a Hong Kong horse in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

Having earned the equivalent of NZ$16.2 million, Beauty Generation has won more than 270 times his purchase price at Karaka, where Kylie Bax’s Hermes Syndications bought him from the draft of Highden Park.

Along with his back-to-back Horse of the Year titles, Beauty Generation was also Champion Miler for the second consecutive year, and Most Popular Horse.

The other award-winning Karaka graduate on Friday was Beat The Clock (Hinchinbrook), who was named Champion Sprinter.

The John Size-trained star, who cost $200,000 from the draft of Prima Park at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, was a dual Group 1 winner this season in the Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) and Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).

Overall, Beat The Clock has had 21 starts for eight wins and more than HK$34.9 million (NZ$6.67 million) in stakes, which is more than 33 times his purchase price.

NZB’s 2019 Ready to Run Sale will take place on 20 and 21 November at Karaka with breeze-ups being held on 21 and 22 October at Te Rapa Racecourse.

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