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Bullish Luck

End of era as Kingdom is put out to pasture

A special streak of greats passed into history in April with the retirement of three-time world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom, who received a lifetime achievement gong at season's end, along with Able One.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Lucky Nine poised for double celebration

Lucky Nine might be Horse of the Year on what he has done already this season, but the gelding can put the title beyond all doubt by winning today's HK$9.8 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo - and trainer Caspar Fownes insists his horse can get even better.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Relief as Lucky gets plum draw for Yasuda Kinen

Lucky Nine's connections were rejoicing after receiving a long-awaited low draw for tomorrow's HK$9.8 million Yasuda Kinen and there were even some positives for fellow Hong Kong raider Glorious Days, despite him being balloted wide.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bullish Friend will have plenty of followers

Only seven went around in the griffin race on Sunday, but Tony Cruz's raw debutant Bullish Friend will be winning his share of races after catching the eye.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bullish Champion's next target is the Derby, says Cruz

Tony Cruz had his doubts Bullish Champion would get further than 1,200m earlier in the season, but the impressive type could now head to the Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby next start off a five-week break, on the strength of an all- the-way win in a Class One over 1,400m.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cruz hoping California Memory can again cut the Dragon down to size

Trainer Tony Cruz is probably the only man hoping it really isn't the Year of the Dragon as his natty grey California Memory renews his rivalry with Ambitious Dragon in Sunday's Group One, HK$8 million Stewards' Cup at Sha Tin.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beauty Flash owner eyes bigger prize

A last-gasp bid to claim the Horse Of The Year title has been enough to convince owner Simon Kwok Siu-ming to make a second attempt on the HK$18.8 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo today with Beauty Flash, and trainer Tony Cruz has an air of understated confidence.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Improving El Grande has a touch of class

There weren't too many eye-catching runs from Wednesday night's card at Happy Valley, but trainer David Hall's El Grande appears to be on the verge of breaking through following another progressive showing in the Black's Link Handicap (1,200m).

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Ambitious Dragon can prove superstar status in QE II Cup

Ambitious Dragon tossed aside some history in winning the Derby in March and he can repeat the dose in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Sha Tin today.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

At five years old and a veteran of only eight local starts before Sunday's stunning Group One breakthrough, California Memory was the new-face jolt that the top end of racing needed.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tough Beauty Flash proves he's ready for Dubai foray

The globetrotting career Tony Cruz forecast for Beauty Flash late last season is set to come to fruition, with the trainer setting his sights on the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free after another tough Group One win in the Stewards' Cup (1,600m) yesterday.

31 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

HK trio optimistic over Tokyo challenge

An air of reserved confidence hangs over Hong Kong's tilt at one of the world's great mile races, the HK$17.8 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo today.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong trio take heart from Yasuda Kinen barrier draw

There was nothing in yesterday's Yasuda Kinen barrier draw to dampen the spirits of the Hong Kong trio, with Beauty Flash and Fellowship expected to be two of the strongest-fancied runners for the HK$17.8 million mile at Fuchu racecourse tomorrow.

Fellowship came up with gate four in the full field of 18, while Beauty Flash drew gate 10.

5 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Cruz angered by Stewards' penalty as Chadwick handed $80,000 fine

Respected trainer and former champion jockey Tony Cruz has criticised the Jockey Club Stewards for a harsh monetary penalty and suspension imposed on young rider Matthew Chadwick after the pair combined to win the Yin Kong Handicap at Happy Valley last night with Smart Code.

29 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

With Champions Mile in the bag, Able One eyes US$1m bonus in Japan

Darren Beadman's first win in the Champions Mile aboard Able One signalled the start of a highly unlikely double for trainer John Moore, who pulled off an upset result in both international Group One races, with Viva Pataca claiming the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup 40 minutes later.

26 Apr 2010 - 12:00am