Local idol Tony Cruz kept his faint title hopes alive with a quality double on last night's Happy Valley programme where leaders were heavily favoured. Cruz and the ace South African jockey, the demon Douglas Whyte, took the fourth event in facile fashion with Pinch The Devil and then combined to prevail with Drifting Away in a farcical final contest. The double took Cruz to 34 winners in a brilliant debut season and left him seven behind defending champion Ivan Allan in the race for premiership honours. The double also cemented the Cruz-Whyte partnership which will almost certainly receive official ratification when the Hong Kong Jockey Club's licensing committee sits tomorrow. Whyte, keeping up his prolific record in the territory, said: 'I thought Tony had Pinch The Devil going really well. He hadn't raced for a while but he had felt good to me when I'd been on him in the mornings.' With the rail back into the 'A+2' position, the track favoured those racing on the speed and there are few quicker horses in the initial stages than Pinch The Devil. Whyte went on: 'There was a little bit of pressure for the speed early on, but my fellow got there pretty easily from his inside barrier while those outside of me had to work much harder to get there.' Pinch The Devil eventually ran out a convincing 3.5-length winner from Active Luck who benefited from a break to put in his best run for some time. The heavily backed debutant, Authorised, was the disappointment of the race. Drifting Away benefited from the inexperienced 10-pound claimer Henry C. K. Tsang who was taken charge of by Giant Fight in the final event. This led to Giant Fight taking on and setting alight the Basil Marcus-ridden Lucky Partners who disputed favouritism with topweight Mazal. Predictably, Giant Fight was a spent force just after halfway and Lucky Partners by the time they hit the top bend. But before that apprentice Eden Cheung had prematurely committed the improving stayer Fat Choy Together who turned for home clear but visibly weakening. The race was made for something like Drifting Away to come coasting through and this he duly did. The split times of 13.9, 24.6, 24.5, 24.4 seconds for the first 1,400 metres but 26.1 and 26.2 seconds for the final 800 metres, tell their own graphic story. Wendyll Woods continues in tremendous form and booted home another double last night to move to 34 winners for the campaign. He scored on the improving Trademark for retaining trainer Lawrie Fownes in the opener and completed his double on the Derek Cruz-trained Super Lord in the third. Gary Ng's impressive trackworker, the Australian import The Oscars, made a well-supported winning debut when taking the St George's Challenge Cup. Francis Lui, caretaker trainer for the suspended Tony P. H. Chan, did his claims for a full trainer's licence no harm when Cheerful floored the odds-on Pakistan Hero in the penultimate event.