The Good Ba Ba story has had its twists and turns - jockeys off, jockeys on, trainers out, trainers in - but if Derek Cruz is feeling the pressure of taking over such a high-profile horse in the autumn of its career he isn't showing it. The honour roll of horses to have won three international races at Sha Tin is limited to just Jim And Tonic and Eishin Preston, but the QE II Cup was part of their records, and Good Ba Ba will be the first horse of any ilk to win three times at the December meeting if he takes another Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile on Sunday. In a much-publicised switch in August, Good Ba Ba was taken off the handler who had taken him to the first two wins, Andreas Schutz, with no better reason offered for the move than fung shui. Then Olivier Doleuze, abruptly sacked from the gelding in the run-up to last year's Hong Kong Mile win, was reinstated just as abruptly. But for laid-back Cruz, the arrival of Good Ba Ba as a rising eight-year-old who had been right to the top of the mountain was all opportunity, not pressure. 'I was only a bit nervous today before the draw. The horse himself has come along really well, everything has gone to plan,' Cruz said yesterday. 'He gave me more confidence with his last run - he wasn't going to finish anywhere, then really closed the race off. Now he's fully fit, he's really reaching for the ground in his work. He'll run a big, big race.' The change of trainer brought a predictable change of routine as Cruz rides his own work and Doleuze's hands-on teaming up with Good Ba Ba under Schutz had become a more arms-length partnership. 'I have only been on him once since he last ran but he felt improved and Derek has freshened him up really well,' the French rider said. 'In the Mile Trial, he didn't have quite the same brilliant push-button acceleration as he did before and I was slightly worried that, now he's older, he might want more ground. 'But the best part of his race was at the finish and, a bit fresher now, I think he will be back to his best. When you look at his preparation, it is the same as last year before he really switched on on international day. 'I expected him to win, but I admit I never expected him to win the way he did - he just killed them, good horses. Everything else is similar this year, so I hope he switches on the same way again.' Cruz also makes no secret of his belief that his Sprint outsider, Joy And Fun, is a knockout chance in the race after chasing home strongly behind Happy Zero and Sacred Kingdom in the International Sprint Trial last start. 'Looking back, the saddle shifting at the start when he ran tailed off first-up was the best thing that could have happened,' he said. 'It meant we had to change our target to the Sprint rather than the Mile and, the way he went in the Trial, the distance really suits him. Over the mile, he gets too keen and starts pulling halfway and doesn't see it out. Joy And Fun will run a lot better than people think,' Cruz said.