Golden Sixty strikes again at Sha Tin

Beauty Generation only sixth as Lui star dominates.

Golden Sixty took his record to 12 wins from 13 starts with a cosy victory in the Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy on Sunday.

The Francis Lui-trained five-year-old travelled in fifth place through the early stages, in a race run at just a moderate gallop.

Beauty Generation sat on the heels of leader Ka Ying Star, but he was on the retreat when Golden Sixty cruised up full of running a furlong and a half out.

Vincent Ho afforded himself a look at Ka Ying Star before sweeping clear at the furlong pole.

It looked like he would go on and win by a fair way and while in the end he idled a touch as the gallant Ka Ying Star stuck to his task, the victory was never in doubt and Ho did not use his whip at any stage.

Beauty Generation came home sixth.

Ho said of the prolific winner: “He does switch off, two maybe three strides after he hits the front, he always does.

“That’s why he never wins by huge margins.”

He still senses there is further improvement to come too, from Hong Kong’s new star.

The winning jockey added: “He’s come on really well and today he settled a lot more, really well behind the gate and inside the gate.

“He was so relaxed – and with each run, his fitness is coming on.”

December’s Hong Kong Mile is therefore on the radar, and Lui said: “Before the race, I was a bit nervous, but now I’m happy – the horse, his mind and fitness is improving.

“We’ll keep him at the same distance.”

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