One last hurrah for Cruz's warhorse as Dubai looms

Time has almost been called on the career of veteran sprinter Joy And Fun, but trainer Derek Cruz hopes he will go out in a blaze of glory when he returns to Dubai next month for his fourth tilt at the Group One Al Quoz Sprint (1,000m). Cruz confirmed the 10-year-old had received an invite for the US$1 million race on March 29, where he will tackle fellow Hong Kong speedster Amber Sky. "His trackwork has been good, he is in better shape now than he was a year ago, and hopefully he can finish as a winner," Cruz said. Andrew Hawkins

Lui gets a win on the dirt to make up for Smart Volatility injury

Francis Lui Kin-wai was down a runner when likely favourite Smart Volatility was a raceday withdrawal but the trainer still managed to find success with dirt-track specialist Ole Ole. Smart Volatility was withdrawn from race eight by order of the stewards with a capped left fore elbow. Ole Ole flew the flag for the Lui yard with his surprise two-and-a-quarter length win, charging from the tail to beat the heavily backed Golden Addiction - although winning jockey Alex Lai Hoi-wing was given a three-day suspension for his ride. Michael Cox

Gear change brings Class Five galloper to life for Callan

A gear change by trainer Sean Woods was the key to Confucius Elite breaking his maiden, according to winning jockey Neil Callan. Woods moved to a visor on Confucius Elite, who has battled lameness through 15 unplaced runs, and the five-year-old import produced an easy three-and-three-quarter length Class Five win on the dirt. "It was a good move by Sean, he was crying out for some sort of headgear," Callan said. "When he had horses around him he was dropping himself out and not trying. With the gear on he travelled on the bit." Michael Cox