Former Hong Kong champion trainer Tony Cruz surged to the trainers' championship lead with a double at Happy Valley last night but quickly scoffed at the notion he might be the one they all have to beat for the title this season. 'There's too long to go to start talking about winning championships, the season is only halfway over,' he laughed after his 'darling' Super Goal Striker (Felix Coetzee) took the feature January Cup. 'The championship is still wide open. Just because I've got to the lead doesn't mean a lot at this stage.' Cruz and stable rider Coetzee had earlier combined to win the third race with Lightning Bolt before Super Goal Striker was always in control in the Cup. Coetzee was seen at his clockwork best, dictating the race from the front to give Cruz his 26th winner for the season and take him one clear of David Hayes, who went winless. 'This horse is my darling, he is so genuine,' Cruz said. 'He is my favourite horse in the stable and I ride him all the time. I'm already looking forward to riding him when he breezes up before his next race.' The double for Coetzee also put the quiet achiever on 28 wins and closed the gap on jockeys' title-holder and frontrunner Douglas Whyte. Whyte managed to move to 33 for the term and end an unusual run of outs, when the John Moore-trained Rory's Bid made no mistake from barrier one in the opening race. 'That's nice, it's been a little while,' Whyte said. His run of 29 losing rides since winning on Tenacity on December 23 ranks as one of his longer losing streaks in recent years - it is two years since he went longer without a winner - but it had not dimmed his eye for a coming horse. 'Douglas picked this horse, he came and asked for the ride,' said Moore. 'The old horse has been going well in his races, although not winning and he has worked well enough, too. When he came up with barrier one, that was the key. He really becomes competitive in this sort of race when he has the good draw.' Trainer Ivan Allan paid full credit to jockey Simon Yim Hin-keung after he scored on lightly-raced Sensible Way in the second event. 'I give him his due,' Allan said. 'I gave Simon the instructions and suggested he could follow Intervene, who looked the likely leader. Luckily, he has a bit of nouse because Intervene didn't lead and Simon used his brains and found another horse to latch on to. And he showed plenty of skill, too, pulling the whip through when the horse wanted to shift ground.' Allan said he believed Sensible Way would make his way to Class Two in time, but was not a precocious animal and his improvement was likely to be gradual. 'I think in time he will get a mile,' was the trainer's summary. The season's new trainers, John Size and Manfred Man Ka-leung, continued to impress, winning the last two events with Chief's Fortune and My Chief respectively. 'He has really come solid now,' said Size of Chief's Fortune, who arrived in the final strides for Shane Dye. 'The key to him, like all backmarkers, is that he gets a nice tempo and he did. You'd have to say he is an improved horse as he's won two of his last three and before that had won just one of 47 starts. 'And he was only beaten in a photo finish last time, so he has been able to keep up as the handicapper has raised him lately which is a sign he is improving. Still, after tonight, the handicapper probably will have him where he wants him.' Size has been one of the stories of the season, keeping his winning strike rate up to 20 per cent after 70 starters, but Man has also made a good start to his training career. My Chief (Dwayne Dunn) was his sixth winner, but he has also saddled up 25 minor placegetters. My Chief had never previously won beyond 1,200 metres, but Man was never concerned about last night's 1650-metre trip. 'He ran once before this distance and finished fourth so I knew he could do the mile. The important thing thing is this track. He loves the Valley,' Man said. Another Valley specialist, Ricky Yiu Poon-fie's Me And You, caused an upset in the second leg of the Triple Trio. His fourth win, like his only other three, came over his favourite course and distance but without his favourite jockey, Robbie Fradd. Andreas Suborics was in the saddle instead, to win give him the second win of his Hong Kong stint. Betting turnover last night was $926 million - the best of the season for a seven-race card at Happy Valley. The figure, which eclipsed the $905 million on International Jockeys' Championship night on December 12, followed the Club's decision to abandon its plans for eight-race midweek cards in the wake of disappointing turnover figures from its autumn experiment.