Derek Cruz

Racing Digest - February 23, 2014

Ole Ole (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) hits the front to win again on the dirt. Photo: Kenneth Chan

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).

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 10:35am

Joy And Fun earns another bouquet for Derek Cruz

Veteran Joy And Fun did his connections proud by finishing second in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in Dubai. Photo: Kenneth Chan

No mention of Dubai and the World Cup meeting is complete with a huge bouquet for Derek Cruz and what he has done, over a long period of time, with Joy And Fun.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:46am

Trainer Derek Cruz rethinks retiring Joy And Fun after Al Quoz run

Joy And Fun

Derek Cruz was reconsidering retirement plans for nine-year-old warhorse Joy And Fun, after his revitalised run in the Al Quoz Sprint at the Meydan racecourse in Dubai on Saturday night, while fellow trainer John Moore was left to ponder Frederick Engels' "disaster" in the Golden Shaheen.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:39am

Joy And Fun primed for victorious farewell

Joy and Fun gallops on the Tapeta track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 27. Photo: SCMP/Kenneth Chan

Trainer Derek Cruz says Joy And Fun has "nothing left to prove" and will be retired after Saturday's US$1million Al Quoz Sprint - a race fellow Hong Kong-trained runner Eagle Regiment seems increasingly likely to miss for the second straight year.

28 Mar 2013 - 11:46am

Really The Best 'improving'

Really The Best (Matthew Chadwick) notches his third straight win. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Really The Best was hardly living up to his name after 10 unplaced runs as he dropped like a stone to the bottom of the ratings, but the four-year-old will be gunning for the rare feat of four straight wins in Class Five when he next lines up.

25 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

Racing Digest, February 25, 2013

Howard Cheng and classy sprinter Smart Volatility. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Thirty-year veteran Peter Ng Bik-kuen is on the downhill slope to retirement, but is reeling off a vintage season in what will be his last as a trainer - but he says horses like Smart Volatility make getting up in the morning easy. 

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Derek Cruz hopes veterans will fly like youngsters in Centenary Sprint

Derek Cruz

Advancing age may have made any excess pounds harder to shift, but career-threatening injuries and the grind of extensive overseas travel don't seem to have slowed nine-year-old Joy And Fun, one of three Derek Cruz-trained runners in tomorrow's Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Trophy.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:23am

Consistent Flashing Guy to put his name in lights at Happy Valley

Flashing Guy (left) has been runner-up twice at the Valley this season for Andreas Suborics, including this head second to China Good in September. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It's been more than 500 days since Flashing Guy last won, but a perfect draw and a tough-as-teak last-start effort give him the look of a rock-solid banker in the anchor leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.

A HK$700,000-plus jackpot should result in a bigger than usual dividend and the Class Four final leg over 1,000m seems tailor made for Flashing Guy.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:17am

Remembering the winners and some gallant losers

Results are compelling and the reflex after an event like the international meeting is to admire the best win, best rides, best training performances and so on. But while whoever finishes in front is what it's all about, that doesn't mean there weren't other great efforts which didn't hit the maximum pay-off.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Racing Digest, December 3, 2012

Brett Prebble poses with connections of New Greenfield.

Prebble sizzles for Cruz on a day rail bias played a big part

3 Dec 2012 - 3:05am

Step up in distance to benefit Heco Rider

Heco Rider has been crying out for a longer trip and will be tough to beat in the middle leg of the TT.

Third run in and stretching out to the extended mile for the first time, the Derek Cruz-trained Heco Rider is the one to beat in a weakened Class Four and stands out as a banker in a jackpot-boosted Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:07am

Fourie makes no mistake with Cerise Cherry

Richard Fourie and Derek Cruz savour their silverware.

Rookie jockey Richard Fourie came away from the opening day of the season wishing he had his ride again on Cerise Cherry, and yesterday he got the chance to make amends in the Group Two Premier Bowl Handicap - a more-patient effort landing a dominant victory on the rejuvenated sprinter.

29 Oct 2012 - 3:46am

Fownes off the mark, but he's stoked for Ho

Caspar Fownes takes a close look at Grand Elite.

Capar Fownes was thrilled to get off the mark with his first victory of the term, but the highlight of his day was watching his apprentice Vincent Ho Chak-yiu complete an inspiring comeback from injury with a win for a rival stable.

17 Sep 2012 - 3:22am

South African jockey Richard Fourie off to a winning start

South African jockey Richard Fourie scores on Well Fit up the straight. Photo: Kenneth Chan

South African newcomer Richard Fourie showed his rivals a clean pair of heels at the pre-season carnival - during the fun of the jockeys' foot race - but he notched a far more significant win up the straight course yesterday with a pressure-relieving opening-day victory.

9 Sep 2012 - 3:51am

McDonald bounces back in style

James McDonald redeemed himself with a double at Happy Valley last night, before explaining the reasons behind last week's positive drug test, an incident he feared would put his future chances of riding in Hong Kong at risk.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am