CHAMPION jockey Tony Cruz rode a spirited double at Sha Tin yesterday to finish the nine-race meeting on level pegging with arch-rival Basil Marcus, writes Robin Parke. The pair now have 17 winners apiece in the race to the jockey's championship. Cruz initiated the double when odds-on favourite Win Theatre (8-5) returned to his favoured 1,000-metre trip to win handily from outsider Namjong Again (35-1). If that win was fairly routine, Cruz had to really produce the goods on Space Rock (6-1) in the final event. This developed into a great three-way finish and the undoubted strength of Cruz in a finish prevailed here with Space Rock just holding off Great Admiral (25-1) and On The Beat (5-1). The official margins were two short heads. It was a dramatic finish to the Class Three, 2,000-metre event which went off over five minutes late when Assegai broke through the stalls and was eventually caught and withdrawn. Drifting Away had dominated betting for the 13-runner event, but the 5-2 favourite was never travelling like a winner for Marcus who eventually finished fifth but saw little except the back end of Cruz and Space Rock heading for victory. There was a major tilt at On The Beat who lost his maiden status last time out and was being tried at the trip for the first time. He was produced late by Piere Strydom and looked ready to make it two-on-end, but Space Rock simply would not surrender under Cruz and Great Admiral, with Stanley K. M. Chin taking over from sidelined Simon H. K. Yim, also fought doggedly to the line. It was the right kind of rip-roaring finish to keep the fans thronging the grandstands until the three-way photo eventually sorted out the placings. Space Rock had won last time under a heady ride and there were obviously many who considered he could come up trumps again, but it took all of the undoubted talent and strength of Cruz to get him there. The Bruce Hutchison-trained Irish import, Magic Dreams (12-1), finished fourth under Steven King and gave an honest sight. He remains in a grade where he should win, but minor placings may take their toll in the handicap.