Detroy goes under the knife but will be fit for Derby

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 February, 2006, 12:00am

Willie Detroy, beaten favourite behind Sunny Sing in last weekend's Classic Mile, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to remove a bone chip this week. However, in a major surprise, trainer Tony Cruz says the surgery will not stop the Zabeel colt from contesting the $14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 26.

'The bone chip was already loose and it came out very easily,' Cruz said yesterday. 'It was a very simple operation and a complete success. The veterinary surgeons said he will still be able to make the Derby.'

Cruz said news of the injury made sense because Willie Detroy had worked brilliantly leading up to the Classic Mile and he expected him to win. This will be the second straight year in which Cruz has had to beat the odds with his Derby candidate. Last season Russian Pearl had a tendon injury in the lead-up to the race.