The 2019 Hong Kong Mile shapes as one of the most interesting races of the day at Sha Tin on Saturday.
Beauty Generation has won the past two editions of the race, but his recent form has been flat and he is no certainty to replicate the effort of Good Ba Ba and win the race three years in a row.
We have analysed every horse in the field and our complete 2019 Hong Mile Mile tips can be found below.
This is set to be the biggest test of Beauty Generation’s career to date. He looked his usual impressive self when he won The Celebration Cup, but he was beaten in the Sha Tin Trophy and showed no kick when he finished third in The Jockey Club Mile. This is a very strong edition of the Hong Kong Mile and he will need to be at his best to win. There are no guarantees that will be the case and I have to take him on.
Indy Champ is the horse to beat in the Hong Kong Mile. He claimed a maiden Group 1 victory in The Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo earlier this year, where he beat Almond Eye, and he proved that was no fluke with an impressive victory in The Mile Championship at Kyoto. In that contest, he produced a rating that would be able to match it with a firing Beauty Generation and he might not run into that on Sunday.
Persian Knight is the value runner in Hong Kong Mile betting. It has been a long time between race wins, but he has produced a number of high-rating performances in Japan this campaign. He finished third behind Indy Champ in The Mile Championship and it is tough to see him turning-the-tables on his rival, but if Indy Champ doesn’t fire he could be the horse to beat.
Waikuku comes into the Hong Kong Mile on the back of an upset win over Beauty Generation in The Jockey Club Mile. There was plenty of merit in that performance, but he did get the run of the race with Joao Moreira in the saddle and this race is tougher again. I would be surprised if he is able to win the Hong Kong Mile and he is under the odds at his current quote.
Zaaki has been sent to Hong Kong for a crack at the Hong Kong Mile. He has won both the Diomed Stakes and the Strensall Stakes this campaign and he goes into this contest on the back of a third place finish behind Benbatl in the Shadwell Joel Stakes. This is easily the toughest challenge of his career to date, but he does have some ability and he is a much better chance than his current odds of $51 suggest.
Ka Ying Star
Ka Ying Star has improved each time that he has been seen at the races this campaign and he finished second behind Waikuku in The Jockey Club Mile. He was able to keep finding the line late after being settled right on the speed and he did well to get past Beauty Generation late. I don’t think that he has as much upside as some of the other horses in this field and he looks to have found his right price.
Simply Brilliant failed to fire in the Sha Tin Trophy first-up before he produced an improved effort in The Jockey Club Mile. He has never really shown anything to suggest that he is capable of winning at this level.
Citron Spirit is another horse that comes out of The Jockey Club Mile. He wasn’t disgraced in that contest, but this race still does look beyond him.
Admire Mars is another Japanese galloper that is set to contest the Hong Kong Mile. He claimed a maiden win at Group 1 level in the NHK Mile Cup in Tokyo in May, but he was no match for Normcore in The Fuji Stakes. There is no doubt that he does have talent on his day, but he probably isn’t as good as either Indy Champ or Normcore.
Normcore has gone to another level this year and is one of the most interesting runners in the Hong Kong Mile field. She claimed a maiden Group 1 victory in The Victoria Mile in May and she followed that up with a very impressive victory in The Fuji Stakes. She would need to improve on that effort again to be a genuine chance in the Hong Kong Mile, but she is right in the mix.