Blaze King is built for just speed, says Cruz
Tony Cruz is resigned to the fact Blaze King can only win up the Sha Tin straight, so was thrilled when the rugged sprinter with the cowboy walk made the most of a rare opportunity and barrelled his way to a dominant Class One victory.
'He just doesn't get 1,200m and he doesn't get around Happy Valley because of the way he is built,' said Cruz after his six-year-old took his course and distance record to seven wins from 19 attempts.
'He is built like a tank and he walks very wide behind ... you just look at him and just know he is built for a sprint. You look at Olympic sprinters, they're muscular guys built for explosive power - that's him.
'There's just no races for him now, so we'll back off until next season, he is not quite a Group One horse, maybe at Group Three level we can find something.'
Blaze King turned the tables on favourite Bear Hero, who finished third after racing in the centre of the track, with the winner tearing along the favoured outside rail after jumping from gate 13.
'The ground is always better out there, because they don't race on it, it's a huge advantage to those horses drawn on the outside,' Cruz said.
Matthew Chadwick felt Blaze King was unlucky last time he faced Bear Hero over the trip, when beaten a head. 'I don't think he was 100 per cent that day either,' Chadwick added, before saying the horse's overall record of seven wins, all at 1,000m, from 38 starts was unflattering to a burly type who needs regular racing.
'He is a lovely horse, but he is just limited to this course,' he said. 'The problem we had before is that he was too high in the grades, but we had to keep running him or he gets too heavy and a bit fat. He is a big fella and he loses condition easily.
'He has to run in unsuitable races because his rating means there is nowhere else to go. He is forced to go in those 1,200m races or he will go a month without a run.'
The time speedy Blaze King clocked for the 1,000m success, with the final split in 22.12