A TOPSY-TURVY day for first-season trainer and local idol Tony Cruz ended on an upbeat note when Super Team (8-1), already heavily featured in the ex-jockey's scrapbook, took the final event at Sha Tin yesterday. Earlier, Cruz had been forced to take fancied Super Freighter out of the featured American Club Challenge Cup - where he looked a definite chance - because of errant antics at trackwork the previous day, while debutant Touchwood (5-1) looked distinctly unlucky in the third event. But Cruz was smiling widely after Super Team, the horse that gave him his memorable farewell winner as a jockey on New Year's Day, prevailed by a neck in the Classes One and Two, 1,400-metre event. It was yet another winner for the riding discovery of the season so far, South African Douglas Whyte, who came in for the ride when Eric Legrix was held by retaining trainer Patrick Biancone for Got It Made, ironically withdrawn at the barrier. The French rider had ridden Super Team to a solid fourth in the opening day feature event, the Kwangtung Handicap Cup. That run had brought on the four-year-old and Cruz kept him right to the mark in the intervening weeks, and the result was a satisfying victory in what looked one of the hottest contests of the day. Cruz said: 'It was a very pleasing win and there is no doubt that Super Team is a special horse in my life. I thought he had a good chance, but it was a hard race.' Whyte was chalking up his sixth local success in his first month and has made a quick mark on the riding scene. He had the winner handy and ready to roll when the opportunity presented itself. But it was cut-and-thrust with the Lawrie Fownes-trained China Cruise (20-1) who ran his best race in ages. The seven-year-old has had his problems and Fownes said: 'He has had a total of three operations for his wind and I think most people had given up on him. But the run definitely did not surprise me as he had barrier trialled well and come through all the work we put into him. 'I was certain he would run well and for a few strides I thought it was going to be a treble for the day. But I am certainly not complaining.' For Whyte it was another worthwhile day at the office. He said: 'I knew from his first run that Super Team obviously had ability and he was certainly fit for the job. He gave everything he had, which is a real good sign. I'm just delighted with the way things have gone.' It seemed a race of many chances but the first two drew two lengths clear of bottomweight Red Jeans (8-1), who came home strongly under claimer Eden H. K. Cheung.