Cruz delighted as Chadwick shows race-winning instinct
Boom apprentice Matthew Chadwick continued on his winning way with a double for his boss Tony Cruz. The victories with Heartline and Pot Of Gold were, in themselves, no surprise to Cruz but one aspect of Chadwick's riding was - and a pleasant one.
Pot Of Gold, a Trainer's Syndicate horse who had been disappointing, had failed to run a place in his five starts, and yesterday was reverting to 1,200 metres.
Last start, the Australian-bred Xaar gelding had failed when ridden quietly at 1,400m, but on this occasion Pot Of Gold showed prodigious speed to lead one of the quickest horses in training, Tchaikovsky.
'I asked Matthew to take advantage of his inside barrier, but I never dreamed for a moment he'd be able to lead Tchaikovsky - he's a very quick horse, with great barrier speed,' Cruz said.
'But once he had kicked up inside Tchaikovsky, he got into a nice rhythm and Matthew just allowed him to roll along. I like to see that. Horses seem to run for Matthew, he has good hands and they show more speed for him than they do for other riders. I'm a bit excited about that.'
Chadwick was typically modest in victory and deflected all credit back to the man he calls 'my boss'.
'Both wins were fairly similar,' Chadwick said.
'With Heartline, he drew an awkward barrier, so I forced him to go around them and sit outside the leader.
'But on Pot Of Gold, he began really well and when we were up inside Derek [Leung Ka-chun] on Tchaikovsky, I decided to try to hold him out, hoping I wouldn't have to use my horse too much. But I knew it would be a negative to Tchaikovsky, not leading on his own.'
Chadwick now moves to eight winners for the season, a grand effort, considering his first meeting after returning from training in Australia was on December 20.