Tony Cruz will be taking it quiet for a couple of days before heading back to work and marshalling his troops as he prepares to spearhead the home defence at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong international races on December 12. Stable jockey Felix Coetzee said yesterday the assault on Cruz at his home, after the races on Sunday night, had come as 'quite a shock to all of us', but predicted the champion jockey-turned-trainer would be back at the wheel within two days. Cruz, 47, was carried into hospital on a stretcher on Sunday night, breathing with an oxygen mask and his head heavily bandaged. Police said the former champion jockey was asleep in his bedroom when two robbers armed with knives broke into his luxury Fo Tan home shortly before 10pm. Cruz was bashed on his head as he struggled with the pair. 'The burglars tried to tie him up but failed,' a police spokesman said, adding that the thieves escaped with the family's safe. 'It's a dreadful thing to have happened, and surprising too because Tony has a good security system,' Coetzee said. 'We all tend to think Hong Kong is a very safe city, so it's a bit unsettling when something like this happens. The main thing is that Tony will be OK, and expects to be back at work in a couple of days.' While Cruz is recovering from his injuries, the running of Hong Kong's leading stable will be in the hands of his assistant trainer Danny Hung Wai-ping. Cruz is the trainer of Hong Kong's champion sprinter Silent Witness, who will attempt to maintain his unbeaten record - currently 12 for 12 - in the $10 million Hong Kong Sprint (1,000 metres) at Sha Tin on Sunday week. He also has recent stable acquisition Perfect Partner aimed at the $14 million Hong Kong Mile. Cruz, winner of the Hong Kong trainers' premiership in 1999-2000, has been runner-up to John Size in each of the last two seasons. Following a winning double at Sha Tin on Sunday, Cruz is leading Size in the trainers' premiership chase on a 25-21 scoreline. Trainer Caspar Fownes and jockey Patrick Payne have formally concluded their retained jockey agreement. The Jockey Club licensing committee yesterday agreed to the dissolution of the arrangement. The partnership had some wonderful moments, most notably winning the Chief Executive's Cup on opening day with The Duke. But they also shared some bad luck, notably Perfect Partner's failure to find clear racing room in the straight when fifth behind The Duke in the Hong Kong Mile Trial on December 21.