Space Race primed to keep winners rolling in for Cruz
Leading trainer Tony Cruz continues his charge for the trainers' championship at Sha Tin today and handy speedster Space Race should do his part by taking the Riding For The Disabled Association Cup (1,000m).
Invariably, the champion trainer relies heavily on the strength of his stable in the Class Four and Class Three section of the handicap to get the title, and Space Race (Matthew Chadwick) is just the kind of honest toiler who can make the difference.
The son of Sequalo has not looked any star in the making, but he has plenty of pace, has been consistent and will be in receipt of at least 10 pounds from all of his rivals.
Many of those rivals are well explored or on the way down, so the three-year-old with five starts behind him has that in his favour as well.
His major rival looks to be Eagle Regiment (Brett Prebble), the horse that Space Race defeated two runs back down the straight course at Sha Tin to score his only win to this stage.
As Eagle Regiment has come out and won since that meeting, the weights swing Space Race's way by eight pounds for victory, a significant difference even considering Eagle Regiment may not have been at his best on that day.
While Space Race has been defeated comfortably since, he had to do some work early to cross to the rail from an outside draw at Happy Valley and that didn't allow him to finish the race off behind Good Boy Boy.
This time, Space Race has the outside draw that is usually such a positive down the straight, and he will be in the right place from the jump, while Eagle Regiment comes out of stall three and will have to make his way across.
Completing the complement of three-year-olds, Xi Ying Men (Piere Strydom) has blinkers applied for the first time today and he is also draw the right side of the gates.
He has been tough to follow since he hacked up at this course earlier in the season and looked a horse of some promise, but his latest third behind Eternal Beauty was sound and perhaps the blinkers will help keep his mind on the job.
Top of the summit
Red-hot Tony Cruz is leading the trainers' battle with this many winners: 59