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  1. It's all Joy And Fun for Derek Cruz and owners

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... trainer Derek Cruz after the eight-year-old and Brett Doyle had scored by almost two lengths from the favourite. Joy And Fun had five starts last season after successful surgery to repair his damaged left foreleg, and while he was never the Joy And Fun of old, Cruz never gave up hope. 'He was not stretching out the way I would have liked, the way he normally would,' said Cruz ...

  2. 'Derek's ride made him look good- maybe better than he is'

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer John Moore was happy to hand the credit to recently graduated rider Derek Leung Ka-chun when Supreme Knight won his third race for the season. Supreme Knight camped on a soft tempo set by Arion Of Chiu Ton, then outran him in the straight to win clearly, but Moore wasn't getting carried away. 'I think Derek's ride made him look good- maybe better ...

  3. Cruz nurses seven-year-old back to the winner's circle

    Posted Sep 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox Some TLC from trainer Derek Cruz helped Double Dragon back to the winner's list, the victory putting the horseman on top of the early season rankings. Cruz said Double ... an all-the-way victory in a Class Four Handicap. It was win number five for Cruz in 2011-12, making him outright leader in the trainer's premiership. 'It's just timing, some of those ...

  4. Cruz contender finally back on Straight and narrow

    Posted Jan 27th 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... warming up when Ocean Prince won for Derek Cruz. 'Actually it was a terrific ride from Neil from the bad draw- he had a bit of luck in running to get into the spot he did in freakish ... Alan Aitken Trainer Tony Cruz revealed that Straight Forward has been anything but since his arrival last season, yet the five-year-old turned his form on its head at Happy Valley last ...

  5. Tough Green Glory ready to salute

    Posted Mar 11th 2011, 12:00am by Phillip Woo

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

  6. Solid book of rides makes Whyte the value bet

    Posted Mar 30th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... should prove very hard to beat. Ever King can kick-start the meeting for Whyte and trainer Derek Cruz in the opener, before topweight Viva Guy aims to improve on his last-start third over 1,800m. ...

  7. Cruz's new recruit shows he is enjoying his new surroundings

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox The Derek Cruz-trained newcomer Castle Hero put his bad barrier manners behind him and scored easily up the straight. At his first start, then with Michael Chang Chun-wai, the gelding became fractious in the barriers and then raced ungenerously. At his first barrier trial for Cruz, he not only passed to the stewards satisfaction, the four-year-old put the writing ...

  8. 'He's been racing consistently and was due for a win'

    Posted Oct 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Derek Cruz said a suitable strong speed and a smart ride by Vincent Ho Chak-yiu, plus his five-pound claim, were factors in the win. 'He's been racing very consistently and was due for a win,' Cruz said. 'He has been knocking on the door. He went quite nicely today and hopefully he has got some chance up in Class Three with a light weight.' Cruz said while the gelding ...

  9. Thumbs up as racing season off to flying start

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Evergreen Joy And Fun was a popular winner of the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup for Derek Cruz and jockey Brett Doyle, despite his double-figure odds. The eight-year-old has been one of the most ... old self again,' said a delighted Cruz. 'This will be his last season whatever happens, but he'll be trained for the international races in December and then we might take him ...

  10. Cruz on fire as chargers eye more victories

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Tony Cruz rocketed to the top of the trainers' standings with a treble and all three horses should have more wins in store. Cruz may have been pipped on the final day of last season for the title by John Moore, but he has started on fire with seven victories. He overtook his brother Derek yesterday with wins to Chancellor, Turf Express and Mega ...




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