A prodigiously high strike rate on Sha Tin's all-weather dirt surface has been a significant part of Tony Cruz's success story this season and, with four races on the artificial surface tonight, could catapult him to within reach of the all-time Hong Kong training record. That mark - 87 - stands to the credit of the great George Moore, 11-times champion trainer of Hong Kong, who established the benchmark in 1981. That was nine years before the 60-horse-per-stable ceiling was introduced and therefore popularly regarded as a record that would never be broken. But Cruz (pictured) has little grasp of the concept of never. Or of the word impossible. He is now hovering dangerously on 82 winners and, with eight meetings before the season ends, is so close to Moore's record he can almost touch it. Cruz has chances in each of the four races on the all-weather track, with the shortest-priced commodity being California Heart ($21 favourite) in the seventh. He also has Shining Day ($44 second favourite) in the second event, Supersonic ($130) in the third and Better Boy ($88) in the sixth. This season he has saddled up 47 starters in races on the all-weather track and won 18 races, as well as six seconds and four thirds. That is a win strike rate of 38.3 per cent, a quinella strike rate of 51.1 per cent and a place percentage of 59.6. No wonder rank-and-file punters keep hitting the Cruz horses at prices the professionals deem too short. But they are having the last laugh - a flat $10 stake on every one of Cruz's 417 runner this season is showing a profit of $516.50, or 12.4 per cent on turnover.