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  1. Cruz hopes Collection can step up

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Derek Cruz has booked the services of journeyman jockey Wayne Smith for former superstar Collection, the multiple Group One winner he hopes can reclaim his glittering best in Sunday's ... was champion jockey in 2010-11. 'The owners know Wayne pretty well and I'll be giving him a few more rides on the day as well,' Cruz said. Collection won the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong ...

  2. No Joy And Fun for Cruz in Derby

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Last season's champion griffin relegated to the reserves for Hong Kong classic An impassioned plea by trainer Derek Cruz to have last season's champion griffin, Joy ... despite owning a domestic rating six points lower than Joy And Fun. Derek Cruz (pictured), who prepared plunge winner Encore Win in the third event at Happy Valley last night, said he would ...

  3. Joy And Fun gives Cruz reason to smile

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Eleven days ago, it was a dejected Derek Cruz who greeted the news that Joy And Fun had been balloted from the Hong Kong Derby. But yesterday in the final race, the same ... the final berth to a lower-rated colt in Danesis. But Cruz has been around long enough to not worry about things he can't control and simply got on with the job, refusing to criticise those ...

  4. Other trainers will do well to take a leaf out of Moore's book

    Posted Apr 01st 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the past two years and Derek Cruz can definitely take a bow for his selection of Kildare, who raced through the grades this season and ultimately became the first Group winner for the concept ...

  5. Cruz blames official for injury

    Posted Feb 21st 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... that he's still a three-year-old. He's more settled than most older horses, it's a real winner's attitude.' Trainer Derek Cruz said the win will set the foundation for Joy ... for the Hong Kong Derby Trial, one might have put it down to bad luck. But trainer Tony Cruz didn't think so. The former champion jockey turned leading trainer blamed a nearby Jockey Club official ...

  6. Hannah King Prawn is perfect tonic as Cruz leaves rivals out in the cold

    Posted Oct 08th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... have ridden him forward the last two runs from the wide draws and he has handled it but we also know he can be ridden behind, so he's versatile.' Tony Cruz's brother, Derek, also ... Alan Aitken Trainer Tony Cruz bounced back from his migraine last weekend to give his rivals a headache in the feature race at Happy Valley last night with Hannah King Prawn. Resuming from ...

  7. Treasure looks to make amends

    Posted Feb 20th 2005, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison Derek Cruz's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby aspirant Green Treasure can atone for a narrow loss last time by winning the $1 million Indigenous Handicap over 1,800 ... eligibility, but his rating (96) should increase as he looks the one to beat in this lead-up race. This season, Cruz has taken Green Treasure from a rating of 67 to his current mark following three ...

  8. Pure champion caps Mosse treble

    Posted Jan 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Renown for Richard Gibson, but he was at his feature race best on Pure Champion for Tony Cruz, finding a space with cover in the run before letting the five-year-old stallion loose in the stretch ... a really nice turn of foot,' Mosse said. Trainer Cruz said that Pure Champion, purchased as a potential classic horse last term, had been much better acclimatised this time. 'I think ...

  9. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Selection for Derby should be delayed to the 11th hour

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... reserve. And then you had Crackerjack. If you were trainer Derek Cruz you would be quite justified in considering the whole thing a lottery. Last year, Cruz had Wrath Of Fire looking for a Derby ... was the Cruz horse chasing a start and, after three just fair runs, his rating had dropped from 90 to 86 but was still high enough to justify inclusion. Cruz found himself on the wrong side ...

  10. Derby favourites look right on song

    Posted Mar 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... at Sha Tin down the straight and deserves another chance should he move to the bigger track for his next appearance. Derek Cruz's Smart Champ finished seventh, but the International Sale graduate showed above-average ability and looks open to improvement. The final heat was a qualifying trial and Derek Cruz's All Fit was an impressive winner. He confirmed some promising work ...




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