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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 Cruz to prove that Money talks

    Posted Nov 17th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken With the Derek Cruz stable showing all the signs of running into top form, Money Strong gets a chance to put himself on the board for the Happy Valley Million Challenge ... contender for this term but has had to settle for only excuses at his latest attempts around the course. In fact, his form has many similarities with Cruz-trained Eastkowloon Spirit, who endured ...

  3. Miraculous victory 'no surprise'

    Posted Dec 17th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Heavily backed five-year-old repays Derek Cruz's faith to come good at 13th attempt Top jockey Felix Coetzee jumped off Miraculous after a riverside gallop earlier this week and asked trainer Derek Cruz why the five-year-old was still a maiden. 'He worked terrific and Felix said, 'How has this horse still not won a race'?' Cruz laughed ...

  4. O'Sullivan aims high with Fruity Fruity

    Posted Mar 13th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... not scored at Sha Tin since his Class Four debut quite some time ago, but O'Sullivan wasn't concerned. 'I knew Derek Cruz targeted, and won, the Happy Valley Million Challenge last ...

  5. Cruz's well-beaten veteran will head home after pulling up well

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... was finishing out of sight and mind in 16th place but has emerged unscathed. Unlike his 13th at Ascot two years ago in the Golden Jubilee Stakes, when the Derek Cruz-trained gelding finished with a fractured leg, Joy And Fun was fine at the end of last Tuesday's race. But Cruz has pulled the plug on his original plan to run in the July Cup at Newmarket next month. 'He ...

  6. Happy connections reaping the rewards with forward thinking

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... a stayer in the making even then and was always going to take some time when he landed at David Ferraris' yard last term. Wrath Of Fire (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) moved across to Derek Cruz ...

  7. Aussie falls short of target but happy with his injury-shortened season

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and I've ended up with 18, but I've got to say it was a pretty good year after what happened,' he said. 'It was difficult to get my momentum going again after the fall and Derek Cruz's horses, who gave me most of my early winners, had gone up in the ratings and were finding it difficult.' ...

  8. Vintage crop

    Posted Sep 10th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Derek Cruz beat John Moore and Me Tsui Yu-sak in the 800m dash up the straight and all participants said they would be back next year despite admitting that it was tougher than trackwork. It was just one highlight in a very successful opening day that saw a big crowd and betting increase over last year's first meeting. The riders were (from left): Ricky Yiu Poon-fie, Cruz, Moore, ...

  9. Cheng hit with nine-day ban for riding of My Fortune

    Posted Jan 21st 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... The penalty will start following the meeting at Sha Tin on Saturday. Cheng has a right of appeal. The Derek Cruz-trained My Fortune began tardily then drifted a number of lengths astern ... Cheng failed to take sufficient measures to improve his position between the 900m and the 400m and then failed to ride My Fortune with sufficient vigour. No action was taken against Cruz but he ...

  10. Schofield relieved after narrow escape

    Posted Jun 13th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Jockey Glyn Schofield breathed a sigh of relief after taking out the Tai Lam Handicap (1,600m) on Spectacular Times. The Derek Cruz-trained gelding enjoyed an ideal trip before ... wide and dropped out,' said Schofield. 'Even though the pattern looked a bit the same today, Derek and I agreed I should ride the horse in the style that suits him and from the good ...




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