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  1. Cruz hails newcomer Helene Mascot as HK's 'next big thing'

    Posted Jan 21st 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Tony Cruz hailed Helene Mascot as 'the next big thing in Hong Kong racing' after the four-year-old put himself into ultra-elite company by winning a Group One at his ... in 2002. Yet far from being a pinnacle performance, Cruz says this is just the beginning for Helene Mascot. The race represented the reunification of the brilliant 'C team', with Cruz ...

  2. Mascot foot problem not a worry for Cruz

    Posted Feb 15th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Trainer Tony Cruz is confident that a training setback this week will not hinder Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial favourite Helene Mascot, despite a veterinary ... on the soles of both front feet. But a particularly painful one forced Cruz to abandon the colt's gallop last Sunday. 'Helene Mascot has had these issues with both front feet since he got ...

  3. Helene Mascot is better than ever, says confident Cruz

    Posted Apr 25th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Two-time champion trainer walking on air ahead of QE II Cup If you get to know Tony Cruz well enough, he has two levels of confidence. There is the steely resolve that has made ... yesterday about exciting four-year-old Helene Mascot. Cruz was walking on air for most of the morning after Helene Mascot had his final workout with stablemate and fellow Audemars Piguet Queen ...

  4. Danesis deserves to be in Derby, insists Cruz

    Posted Mar 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Tony Cruz last night challenged the Derby selection committee to recognise the 'classic potential' of Danesis and reward the colt with a place in the elite final 14 ... in two weeks' time,' Cruz said. 'There are a lot of horses in the race that are suspect at a strong 2,000 metres but I believe this horse will be even better at the Derby distance. ...

  5. Helene Brilliant is pick of Cruz's Premier pack

    Posted Jun 08th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell In a season of records, Tony Cruz produced one when he fielded eight of the 14 runners in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup on January 1 and will now equal that benchmark at Sha ... one satisfactory outcome for Cruz and that's called winning. 'Just imagine the embarrassment, sending out a record number of horses in a feature race and then not being able to win ...

  6. Danesis proves highlight of big day for Coetzee

    Posted Jul 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... bonus with Danesis for his former retaining trainer Tony Cruz. Danesis, a highly bred son of the late, great sire Danehill, scored a dominant win in the Privilege Handicap for Class Two horses ... Cruz was delighted that the handsome big bay half-brother to top sire Dehere was back in form because it all looked pretty bleak after this year's Hong Kong Derby. 'He made ...

  7. Cruz seeks world stage for Helene Mascot

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

    ... Murray Bell Trainer has grand plans for his classy Derby champion Tony Cruz outlined a huge international agenda for Helene Mascot after the classy colt confirmed his rising-star status with an emphatic victory in what is sure to be a high-rating edition of the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin yesterday. Cruz has said for weeks that Helene Mascot ...

  8. Cruz lauds jockey's last-minute decision

    Posted Jan 29th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Tony Cruz hailed the big race genius of Gerald Mosse after the Frenchman threw the trainer's riding instructions out the window on favourite Floral Pegasus, but ultimately ... beaming and Cruz- Hong Kong's greatest jockey of all time- loudly singing his praises. 'You know, that is the third Group One Gerald has won for me but in two of them, he's made ...

  9. Cruz chips in with minors

    Posted Mar 27th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell For the past two years, Tony Cruz has been the one receiving the trainer's trophy at the Chairman's Sprint Prize presentation. But yesterday, the 'little fish are sweet' approach kept the smile on the face of the reigning champion trainer. Cruz looked remarkably fresh for a man who saddled up two runners in the Dubai Duty Free at 12.30am yesterday (HK ...

  10. Cruz's Helene Pillaging reveals his true value

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison It was third time lucky for Hong Kong as Tony Cruz continued his domination of feature events by landing the Hong Kong Macau Trophy (race 359) in emphatic style with Helene Pillaging, who demolished his rivals. The progress Helene Pillaging has made under the tutelage of Cruz has been remarkable, and who knows where it is going to end. He proved he is not just ...




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