David Hayes likens Beauty Generation’s tilt for a third Group 1 Hong Kong Mile to Fields Of Omagh’s 2006 Cox Plate triumph
HONG Kong-based Australian trainer David Hayes has likened Beauty Generation’s bid for a third $4.2m Group 1 Hong Kong Mile on Sunday to the career-ending Cox Plate glory of Fields Of Omagh.
Hayes famously sent the Australian warhorse Fields Of Omagh into retirement after the nine year-old snared a second Cox Plate in 2006.
The comparisons to Beauty Generation, twice Hong Kong Horse of the Year, are not lost on Hayes, who inherited the decorated eight-year-old after John Moore’s retirement.
In two runs for Hayes, Beauty Generation, the 2017 and 2018 Hong Kong Mile winner, has had his colours lowered by boom galloper Golden Sixty.
2006 Cox Plate champion Fields Of Omagh had won one of 12 starts for Hayes before conquering The Valley in 2006.
“It would be wonderful to win with him, especially if you could resurrect an old champion like Beauty Generation,” Hayes said.
“He reminds me – and he‘s more high-profile – of an old Fields Of Omagh going into his last Cox Plate, doing everything right but overlooked and underrated by the market.
“This horse is going to start well overs which is quite ironic because up until the last 12 months, he’s been favourite in everything he‘s raced in.”
A decision on Beauty Generation’s future will not necessarily hinge on Sunday’s performance.
“If he runs competitive, he’ll certainly keep racing on,” he said.
“If he disappointed, it (retirement) would be considered, but I would think they would love to run him in the (Queens Silver Jubilee Cup) that he won last year – his last win.
“But if he’s racing well, I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t keep going.”
Hayes will unveil three exciting imports on the undercard on Sunday, including former Australian Master Montaro, British import Pas Malotru and emerging French talent The Summit.
Originally published asHayes channels ‘FOO’ in Beauty Generation’s bid for third HK Mile
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