If anyone thought Tony Cruz was kidding himself with his 'pedal to the metal' declaration about the new-season trainers' premiership, another four-timer at Sha Tin yesterday will see him taken a lot more seriously. Cruz also celebrated a personal milestone, with his fourth winner Sanbenito providing his 400th winner as a trainer, a tremendous accomplishment on top of the 946 Hong Kong winners he enjoyed as a jockey. The 'C team' - Cruz and jockey Felix Coetzee - had three winners and a second with favourite Super Combed, while Robbie Fradd chimed in to beat Coetzee in the eighth event on well-fancied stablemate Perpetual Pleasure. 'This was a great day and all of these winners gave me a lot of pleasure,' Cruz said. 'I said right from the outset, the premiership is the goal. That's what I wanted and we're running hard, like I said, pedal to the metal, to make it happen.' Cruz is backing up the talk with some top-flight training performances, extracting unexpected levels of improvement from relatively modest animals like Sun Power, who opened his account last season in Class Five and has now won back-to-back races in Class Three. No one is more blown away by the training genius of Cruz than Coetzee, his retained stable jockey. 'Tony's training is just magic,' he said last night. 'He's taking these horses and turning them around. Every horse is an individual to him, and he seems to be able to get inside their heads and work out exactly what they need.' With reigning premier trainer John Size having a rare winnerless afternoon, Cruz has opened the gap between them on the new season title chase to six, on a 20-14 scoreline. Even more incredible with the Cruz machine is the rate at which they are churning out these winners. Yesterday the stable had just seven runners, and two of them were in the one race, giving him just six winning possibilities. The race in which they had two runners, the Class Two over 2,200 metres, he took the quinella with Perpetual Pleasure and Super Combed. Cruz's 20 winners for the season have come from just 92 starters - a strike rate of 21.7 per cent. But his Sha Tin figures are even more impressive - 17 winners from 66 runners, a success rate of 25.75 per cent. Amazingly, each of the four winners had a margin to spare and looks to have every chance of winning again. Sheriff Bamboo started the ball rolling with a victory in the third, a Class Four on the all-weather track. 'His work had just kept improving, I really thought he'd win,' Cruz said. Vastly improved sprinter Sun Power keeps forging up the ratings and who's to say his winning run is over, after he put his Class Three rivals away on the all-weather track, with a length to spare, as $23 favourite. 'He was an International Sale horse but he was quite weak when he was young,' Cruz explained. 'As time has gone by, he's just got stronger and stronger. His owner, Mr Cheung Chin-tai, has been a very loyal supporter so I'm delighted for him the horse is having such a great run.' Cruz's quinella in the staying race gave him special satisfaction, even though it was wrong way round for favourite punters, who had Super Combed ($24) clearly on top of Perpetual Pleasure ($52.50). 'I think Super Combed wants two miles [3,200m],' Cruz joked. 'He takes so long to get warmed up. He can go 2,000 metres when he's fresh and after that, he just wants more and more ground.'