Cruz happy with Bullish draw

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 March, 2007, 12:00am

The world's richest horserace, the US$6 million Dubai World Cup might only be a small field, but Hong Kong trainer Tony Cruz was excited to draw well with Bullish Luck last night just the same.

The horse's owner Wong Wing-keung produced gate three for the gelding in the field of seven and Cruz said it was far from a non-issue. 'Actually I did have a preference for him to draw in, because last year we were here for the Dubai Duty Free with him and drew barrier 15,' Cruz explained. 'Bullish Luck has this little habit of always jumping to the right, and here, with the left-handed course, if you jump towards the right you're going to the outside fence. So this time we have alley number three and feel much more comfortable.'

With Bullish Luck having his first experience of dirt racing on Saturday night, one theory was that he might prefer to on the outside rather than in the thick of the kickback, but Cruz was not fazed by that.

'I've ridden in dirt races in the United States and in a small field like this the kickback just isn't a factor,' he said. 'You can space yourself out to be wherever you want to be and out of any kickback.'

Bullish Luck concluded his preparation with a 1,200m jumpout on the dirt track though no times were published for the work. 'I didn't see any times and I had a difficult view of the jumpout as I was head-on to the track,' Cruz said. 'But the main thing was his rider came back very happy, the horse was in great shape afterwards and I have to say I'm very happy with his condition.'