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  1. Bad Aomen for Whyte's record bid

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... race and the champion jockey coming to grief in the last. He had added two more to his tally for the term earlier in the day, winning the Class Four cup race for Tony Cruz on Let's Goal and piloting lightly raced Dragimova for Manfred Man Ka-leung in the second. In recent seasons, Whyte's (pictured) riding for Cruz has been on a very limited basis but he has maintained a good ...

  2. Breeze Of Luck can double up

    Posted Jul 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... recently dropping down to Class Four. Not long with the Tony Millard yard, Tom's Eighth is showing signs of finding something like his old form lately. He closed off his race strongly at Happy ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Wong one shy of a ton of winners as relicence case gets a boost

    Posted Jun 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Freelance rider Terry Wong Chi-wai has gone a long way to justifying the licensing committee's decision in 2011 to relicence him for the current season and stands just one win from his career century after he led all the way on Bear Elite. The Tony Millard-trained youngster had put up a much better effort when blinkers went on at his fifth start and he made ...

  5. Suborics claims a double, but ban spoils his day

    Posted Jun 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... said later, and he had to make do with a pair on John Moore's promising young sprinter Sterling City and the Tony Cruz-trained Turf Express. Sterling City did just what most expected ... of a barrier eight draw to give the five-year-old a 'perfect trip'. 'And I'm especially pleased because that's my first win for Tony Cruz,' said Suborics, who had only ...

  6. Whyte 'went against my instructions'

    Posted May 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Ambitious Dragon's trainer, Tony Millard, and champion jockey Douglas Whyte were at loggerheads over where the fault lay after the reigning Horse ... for someone like Tony- yes, we had discussed beforehand to stay one off the rail, if I could, but incidents occur and a jockey has got three days for interference when I was ridden ...

  7. Memory faces a huge task, warns cautious Cruz

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the grey and his trainer on the back foot this week. Even before a wide barrier draw on Thursday, Tony Cruz seemed to be lacking his trademark confidence ahead of one of the few name races to have ... performs like that then he is going to run a really big race, but he has had complications since Dubai,' Cruz warned. When California Memory was third in the Gold Cup in February, before ...

  8. Dirt freak continues to raise his bar, but is running out of options

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Happy Index narrowly kept his unbeaten dirt record intact, but had Tony Cruz lamenting the victory took him one step closer to running out of races. 'It's one problem ... him on it.' Cruz pointed out another of his horses, Crown Witness, revels on the dirt but, with a rating in triple figures, he gets only one or two chances a season to run on it. ...

  9. Valley brings the best out of Spirit

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... managed to stretch to the 1,650m trip successfully, but was nabbed on the line by another Valley horse, one who specialises at the extended mile- the Derek Cruz-trained Fun Rider (Tye Angland). ... the first time I won on him last season and he seems to respond to it.' It was a welcome change of luck for Cruz, who had been without a winner since March 7. ...

  10. 'I just thought he was way too good a type for Class Five'

    Posted Mar 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Medic Champion's form line said 17 starts for no wins, but new trainer Tony Cruz couldn't have been more bullish before the five-year-old towelled the Class Five field he met in the opener. Cruz took over Medic Champion from Paul O'Sullivan and said he was only too pleased with what he saw when the gelding arrived, despite having sunk to a 20 ...




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