Having already experienced life as a foreign rider in Japan and becoming a successful young veteran there, Italian jockey Mirco Demuro knows the benefits of his "new-guy" status won't last forever in his new base.

Demuro has been a popular lightweight choice at his first two meetings of a seven-week stint and has attracted the ride on Blazing Speed for trainer Tony Cruz in Sunday's Stewards' Cup.

"In Japan it was the same, the trainers give the new jockeys chances, wanting to try you out," said Demuro, who also rides Hong Kong Classic Mile outsider Dundonnell for Ricky Yiu Poon-fai.

Tony said a mile can be a bit short for him, but if you can get a good position he can stay the trip and run it right out
Mirco Demuro 

"The trainers are just curious because I am the new guy, so I have to make the most of my chances. I am very happy to have rides in two Group Ones on my second weekend."

Blazing Speed is one of two Cruz runners, the other being out-of-form stablemate Pure Champion, and Demuro has been hard at work getting background on his mount.

It seems Blazing Speed's best distance is somewhere between 2,000m, at his upper limit, and Sunday's race distance of 1,600m at the lower end, making a clean getaway crucial.

The five-year-old didn't get that last start before flashing home in the Hong Kong Cup, where he was beaten less than two lengths into sixth.

"I have watched his videos and spoken to Tony," Demuro said. "He looks very nice and I have no doubt he is a Group One-quality horse. He missed the start last time and we need to make sure that doesn't happen again.

In Japan it was the same, the trainers give the new jockeys chances, wanting to try you out
Mirco Demuro

"Tony said a mile can be a bit short for him, but if you can get a good position he can stay the trip and run it right out. Barriers are very important here - I won a race last weekend from barrier 14, but I think I was a bit lucky that my horse [Really The Best] was better than them. You can't do that every time."

Demuro had his first feel of Dundonnell at trackwork on Wednesday and despite two disappointing runs, he felt there would be improvement.

"When they come from Europe they need time to settle in. He looks nice and worked very well," Demuro said.

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