Double-triumph trainer believes the best is still to come from his young Danehill-sired Mile hero Never-say-die miler Lucky Owners again dragged victory from the jaws of defeat in the international Hong Kong Mile yesterday at Sha Tin to give Tony Cruz and Felix Coetzee a landmark double even as racing displayed its cruel and fickle side. Lucky Owners may have been slightly overshadowed by stablemate Silent Witness before yesterday, but the colt has something his illustrious gelded stablemate does not have and surely enhanced his future stud value as he swamped Japanese topliner Lohengrin in the final 100m then held the David Oughton-trained Bowman's Crossing at bay. 'He is still a colt, so winning an international Group One is a big thing for a Danehill,' a jubilant Cruz said after becoming the only trainer to take two Hong Kong International Races in one day. 'I can't take credit for finding him - the owner bought the horse and gave him to me so thanks for giving me a good horse. He's getting fitter and stronger, getting better every run.' The Danehill-Miss Priority colt was knocked down for A$350,000 at the Sydney Easter sale in 2001 to Melbourne trainer Tony Vasil on behalf of the owner, Leung Kai-fai, but looks a cheap investment now. 'I picked him myself and because I am a lucky owner, that's what I called him,' Leung said yesterday, beaming in his achievement. Cruz said he was far from surprised by Lucky Owners making the transition from local contender to international star: 'I knew he was a great chance today and we haven't seen the best of him yet, believe me. But we will stick to local races for the time being - there is plenty of time to think about other ideas. The plan now is to head towards the Derby with him. His dam is by Kaapstad and so he really should be better at 1,800m or 2,000m, and his sire Danehill gets horses for those distances, too.' Coetzee also sees the Derby in March as the logical mission for the horse, now that Lucky Owners has learned to race. 'He gets a bit frisky before a race, but we just try to work in with him on that rather than change him because he is lovely and relaxed in a race,' the jockey explained. 'Sometimes he wanders a bit but Tony asked me to find the rail with him today and once he got there he was fine. The horse accelerated when I asked him and he just seems to find a way to be in front at the finish. He is so gutsy. I had a good spot today and didn't want to give it up, but I was thinking in the run that I was even a bit close. If I steady him back a bit more, he's going to produce that finish over the longer distances.' While Lucky Owners was conjuring a last-ditch fifth win from six attempts at the Sha Tin 1,600m, last year's Mile hero, Olympic Express limped back tailed off after being pulled out of the race by jockey Douglas Whyte. The gelding had stumbled when Whyte attempted to manoeuvre him away from the inside before the home turn and the jockey immediately ceased to race, knowing something was wrong in the four-time Group One winner. 'It looks like an old tendon injury may have returned,' said his owner, Larry Yung Chi-kin. 'But luckily Douglas didn't pressure him when it happened and we will see how he is when he cools down.' The defeat of Bowman's Crossing left trainer David Oughton wondering what he had to do to win after finishing fourth with Roosevelt in the Vase and third with Cape Of Good Hope in the Sprint. 'Well, you can see now why I was gutted when he wasn't selected for the race,' said Oughton, who only gained a run with Bowman's Crossing when American-trained Sarafan was withdrawn on Thursday with a 'potential positive' to a cortico-steroid. 'Of my four international runners, he was the one I was really very keen on. I didn't give up hope of getting a start and kept him in training thinking that if he didn't get in, he could run in the last race, the Class One over 1,600m. He's run a cracking race.' Although beaten, the Japanese milers were again right to the fore, with heavily backed favourite Lohengrin hampered by the erratic Ninetyfive Emperor before finishing third and compatriot Admire Max rattling up for fourth.