Beauty Legacy surged to the top of the latest Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ with a win that not displayed a new tactical dimension that could prove crucial when the expensive import’s main target rolls around in March.
The Australian-bred galloper had showed more of a free-wheeling on-pace style in Australia when racing as Hawkshot for David Hayes, but trainer John Size and Joao Moreira know that it takes more than just raw talent to win a Derby.
Despite Beauty Legacy being the last of the big name Derby contenders to head to the races, the Rankings panel had the import rated three in the first rankings and then second after some tidy trials.
In those trials Size has showed that he wanted to teach Beauty Legacy to settle and race with cover, something that bore fruit in the 1,400m Class 2 last Sunday when Moreira put the gelding to sleep early and then powered home.
— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) January 5, 2020
At least one of the Rankings team – Nick Yip (@nyracing91) was declaring the Derby “over” after the eye-catching win.
— Nicklas (@nyracing91) January 5, 2020
There was certainly an X-factor about the explosive local debut and it was enough to push Beauty Legacy past incumbent top seed More Than This, who had held number one position since the first rankings.
It was announced this week that More Than This will be ridden by Ryan Moore in the first leg of the four-year-old series, the Hong Kong Classic Mile, on January 27.
The four-year-old series continues with the Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1,800m on February before culminating with the Hong Kong Derby on March 22.
The big mover this week was Enjoying (ex-Global Exchange), which re-entered Derby calculations with a positive performance on Sunday and is now ranked seventh.
Frankie Lor-trained pair Reliable Team (equal ninth to sixth) and Decrypt (11th to eighth) both crept up the rankings after strong showings on Sunday.
|Horse||Ave. rank||HKJC rtg.||Trainer|
|1||Beauty Legacy (2)||⬆️||1.78||100||John Size|
|2||More Than This (1)||⬇️||3||92||Francis Lui|
|3||Private Secretary (3)||↔️||4.11||94||Tony Cruz|
|4||Super Oasis (4)||↔️||5.22||87||Frankie Lor|
|5||Golden Sixty (5)||↔️||6.11||102||Francis Lui|
|6||Reliable Team (=9)||⬆️||7.11||84||Frankie Lor|
|7||Enjoying (-)||⬆️🚀||8.1||86||John Moore|
|8||Decrypt (11)||⬆️||8.56||93||Frankie Lor|
|9||Playa Del Puente (6)||⬇️||9.78||90||Danny Shum|
|10||Columbus County (7)||⬇️||10.56||82||Caspar Fownes|
|11||Amazing Beats (8)||⬇️||10.89||81||Paul O’Sullivan|
|12||Buddies (=9)||⬆️||11.22||87||John Moore|
|13||Champion’s Way (12)||⬇️||11.78||108||John Size|
|14||Butterfield (13)||⬇️||13.56||85||Danny Shum|
How do the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ work?
Our panel of Hong Kong racing experts each rank the horses eligible for the 2020 Hong Kong Derby, with the average ranking of each horse forming a top 14 “pre-post” market order for the big race in March. We will regularly update the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ as the race gets closer, using trials and races to assess each four-year-old’s chances.