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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. '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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Cruz delivers for patient owners

    Posted Dec 27th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Time heals all wounds might well be the motto at the Derek Cruz stable these days, with the owners who stuck solidly with the trainer now seeing the benefits of that patience. Cruz kept up his strike rate for the current term with a double yesterday, scoring in combination with Felix Coetzee as two promising stars in Miraculous and Joy And Fun landed their second ...

  6. Cruz can cash in on Money Strong

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Derek's in-form star has edge in a wide open race The Happy Valley Million Challenge (HVMC) is going right down to a nail-biting finish in the last race of the five-month series at the city course tonight with lucky late-comer Money Strong poised to spoil the party for his stablemate Fruity Fruity. Derek Cruz-trained Fruity Fruity has targeted the HVMC ...

  7. From rags to riches- Regency turns it around

    Posted Sep 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Had you told Tony Cruz in June that he would be standing in the winner's photo at Sha Tin three months hence, the trainer might have shrugged and thought it quite likely, ... he had some sort of skin problem and his coat was terrible and then there was the laminitis in both his front feet,' Cruz said. 'You wouldn't think this is the same horse ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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.' ...

  10. 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, ...




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