Tough Green Glory ready to salute

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 March, 2011, 12:00am

Green Glory may have had the toughest run of the Happy Valley meeting on Wednesday night, but he showed he is a big improver since joining the Tony Cruz stable with his gutsy effort for fourth.

In the market at just under 6-1 for Gerald Mosse, Green Glory pushed forward after breaking from gate 11 to settle three back without cover, was hard ridden to pick up 450m out, circled the final bend five wide but kept on well to finish only a head behind Winning Pal for third and 13/4-lengths off the winner Healthy Manner.

It's not like Cruz to pick up bottom-grade transfers unless he thinks he can get them to the winner's circle. The stable has done well to elevate Star Of Chiu Ton and Value Choice this season, and Multilove is knocking on the door with a second from four runs.

Green Glory had been out of form, recovering from a stress fracture nearly a year ago, but didn't perform too badly in his opening two runs for Cruz's older brother Derek before switching yards.

In his first run for Tony Cruz on February 27, Green Glory was ridden second from the rear before scooting home nicely for a distant fourth behind Watch First.

The five-year-old son of Towkay is a brittle fellow with only 22 runs under his belt for a mile win and three thirds, but appears to be headed the right way and should be followed over a mile to possibly the 2,000m trip and, according to his pedigree, will be looking forward to a wet track as well.

Off a career low of 29, the New Zealand-bred may be able to put some points on the board and begin repaying his pricetag of HK$4.6 million from the 2008 local sales.

Derek Cruz's newcomer Dragonfield was a bit wayward in his action over the final furlong, but kept on well for a promising fourth in the Class Four Gloucester Handicap (1,200m).

The 28-1 outsider was sent straight to the fence after breaking from gate 12 for Way Leung Ming-wai, was given reminders to stay in touch with the field, cornered in one-off the fence and kept on well, despite wandering about over the final 200m for fourth.

Dragonfield is a son of the effective O'Reilly, who has had 56 winners from 75 starters, the best of whom has been last season's Stewards' Cup winner Fellowship; mated to an unraced Western Symphony mare, who has produced five winners from 1,200m to 2,100m.

The four-year-old is from a family that knows how to win and looks a nice bread and butter fellow for connections.