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  1. Arise, Sir Ernesto- Derek Cruz's stable star grabs Group success

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

    ... Alan Aitken Derek Cruz's honest Sir Ernesto finally had all the cards dealt his way to land the HSBC Premier Plate (1,800m) under a clever frontrunning ride from Felix Coetzee. ... Trophy, and it's always in the back of your mind now that he's had some hard racing in tough company all season and maybe he was coming to the end but Derek told me he thought the horse ...

  2. Only weight can stop Conestoga

    Posted Dec 21st 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Derek Cruz's smart charge proves far too good for his rivals in Valley feature Derek Cruz thinks Conestoga is the horse that could win him another SmarTone-Vodafone Happy ... that support. 'I won the Million Challenge with Fruity Fruity before and I think this horse is the type of horse who can win it for me again,' a jubilant Cruz said, though admitting ...

  3. Schofield off the mark with Telecom Tycoon

    Posted Sep 18th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Glyn Schofield was pleased to get off the mark at the fourth meeting of the season, at ride number 23, when Class Four galloper Telecom Tycoon ground out a no-nonsense win in the day's opener at Sha Tin. Trainer Derek Cruz explained that the small field and lack of speed played right into the Tycoon's hands. 'He tends to be a bit of a timid horse ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Nikolic grounded over Touch Down

    Posted May 07th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... for his handling of Ganbaria for trainer Derek Cruz. The gelding caused interference near the 100m to Keen Soul and Flying Kenny, for which he was benched for two meetings and fined HK$30,000. ... Cruz was fulsome in his praise of Prebble's ride. 'This is not an easy horse to ride but Brett's handling of him today was very, very good,' he stressed. Coetzee and Derek ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Coetzee effect benefits Greenessy

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Jockey Felix Coetzee may be stable rider for Tony Cruz but lent a helping hand again for the leading trainer's brother Derek Cruz once yesterday on Greenessy, ... will run further too.' Derek Cruz believes the lightly raced four-year-old has it all before him despite his relatively mature age. 'Yes, he's a late four-year-old but he's ...

  8. Zero In responds to patient approach

    Posted Jan 10th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... early signs. Derek Cruz's progressive galloper My Choice is another that continues to work well. Anton Marcus was on board for his riverside gallop over 800 metres on Thursday, putting ... Clint Hutchison Patience is an essential element in extracting the best out of any horse and there has been an abundance of that attribute shown by trainer Tony Cruz with Zero In. ...

  9. Ernesto has enough firepower

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

    ... the strike rate for the Derek Cruz-Felix Coetzee combination. The Centenary Vase has at times been a guide to the Hong Kong Derby- recent winners include subsequent Derby heroes Vengeance Of Rain ... the 'new C-Team' of Coetzee and the older Cruz to cement a growing partnership- seven wins from 20 starts this season. Sir Ernesto chased the International Mile Trial (November 19) and Hong ...

  10. Liberal's Knight looks part for dirt feature at Sha Tin

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... to 1,200m on the dirt since to good effect, but the way he finished off last time suggests the extra distance is not going to be an issue. Much further down in the weights, Derek Cruz and Glen Boss ...




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