03/07/2011 12:44PM

Beauty Flash best in Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin

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Beauty Flash added his name to an already crowded Dubai Duty Free field when he won the Group 1, $770,000 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. Ridden by Gerald Mosse, he came from just off the pace to lead inside the quarter pole and held gamely in a stiff drive to defeat Sunny King by a half-length, with former Hong Kong mile champ Good Ba Ba back in seventh. The time for the one-turn seven furlongs on good ground was 1:21.74.

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The victory for Beauty Flash, trained by Tony Cruz, was his third in a row and came in a distance dropdown. In December, Beauty Flash had beaten an international field in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile. On Jan. 30 he prevailed by a neck over Sunny King in the one-mile, Group 1 Stewards Cup. Now regarded as the best miler in Hong Kong, if not the entire Far East, Beauty Flash, a gelded New Zealand-bred son of 2000 Guineas and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Golan, will head straight to Meydan for the 1 1/8-mile, $5 million Duty Free on March 26. Trainer John Moore is contemplating supplementing Sunny King for the Dubai Golden Shaheen at 6 furlongs on Tapeta.

◗ In her 3-year-old debut at Hanshin on Saturday, Japanese juvenile filly champion Reve d’Essor cruised to a four-length victory in the $865,000, Grade 3 Tulip Sho. Yuichi Fukunaga brought Reve d’Essor, a daughter of Agnes Tachyon, from ninth place in the field of 12 to record a handy 1-10 victory over the 11-1 Rice Terrace, clocking 1:34.50 for the mile on firm ground. Trained by Hiroyoshi Matsuda, Reve d’Essor will go next in the one-mile Oka Sho, or Japanese 1000 Guineas, back at Hanshin on April 10.