Stats / Trainers / A. S. Cruz

A. S. Cruz

Birthday: Dec 24, 1956

Nationality: Hong Kong

Background:
Tony Cruz is a son of Johnny Cruz, a renowned rider from Hong Kong's amateur era. He was among the first intake of apprentices to the HKJC Apprentice Jockeys' School when that facility opened in 1972. Cruz started his riding career in the 1973/74 season. He went on to be Hong Kong's champion jockey six times and rode 946 winners. Cruz also made his name at G1 level in Europe and notably partnered the great race mare Triptych. He was granted a Hong Kong trainer's licence in 1996 and first landed the trainers' title in 1999/2000. He regained the crown in 2005, setting a then record for a season's winners (91) and earnings (HK$113m) in the process. He most famously trained the great Hong Kong champion Silent Witness to win 17 consecutive races before the galloper tasted defeat at the hands of stablemate Bullish Luck in the 2005 Champions Mile.

Achievements:
Hong Kong Champion Jockey (1978/79, 1980/81, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1994/95); Hong Kong Champion Trainer (1999/00, 2004/05).

Notable Race Wins Include
Hong Kong Mile (2003 Lucky Owners, 2010 Beauty Flash, 2016 Beauty Only), Hong Kong Cup (2011 & 2012 California Memory, 2017 Time Warp), Hong Kong Sprint (2003 & 2004 Silent Witness, 2015 Peniaphobia), Champions Mile (2005 & 2006 Bullish Luck), APQEII Cup (2015 Blazing Speed, 2018 Pakistan Star), Chairman's Sprint Prize (2004 & 2005 Silent Witness), Hong Kong Gold Cup (2004 Bullish Luck, 2005 Perfect Partner, 2011 California Memory, 2018 Time Warp), Centenary Sprint Cup (2001 King Of Danes, 2004 & 2005 Silent Witness, 2015 & 2017 Peniaphobia), Hong Kong Derby (2004 Lucky Owners, 2008 Helene Mascot), Stewards' Cup (2005 Bullish Luck, 2006 Russian Pearl, 2011 Beauty Flash, 2014 Blazing Speed), Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (2005 Silent Witness, 2009 Egyptian Ra, 2011 Beauty Flash), Champions & Chater Cup (2013 California Memory, 2014 & 2016 Blazing Speed, 2015 Helene Super Star, 2018 Pakistan Star), Sprinters Stakes (2005 Silent Witness), Yasuda Kinen (2006 Bullish Luck).

Hong Kong Career Wins
(at start of 2018/19 season): 1,173 (win strike rate: 10.50%).

General Performances
No of wins for season: 45
No of runs for season: 421
Win %: 10.69
No of wins for all weather: 3
No of 2nds for all weather: 1
No of 3rds for all weather: 2
All weather: 27
Total stakes: $84,303,250
Win stakes: $51,124,050
No of 2nds: 39
No of 3rds: 38
Percentage for season: 28.98
Profit/Loss: ($1,498)
Most Effective Distances
YearHappy ValleyShatin1000m-1200m1400m-1650m1800m-2000m2000m+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
1919141014326252827622222018618912170486611004
Performance
DistanceWin2nd3rdLostTotal RideWin%
Happy Valley100011216205
120012107336219.35
1650500394411.36
180013110156.67
2200000220
ShatinAll weather120000014140
165031241030
1800000220
Turf1200000220
1800000000
2200000000
1000444112317.39
120057746657.69
140064559748.11
160044529429.52
180023416258
200012115195.26
2200000000
24001001250
Odds of Runners
Draw Year<44-1010-2020+
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
192297541816141224118113139130
Draw Statistic
Draw Year1-56-1011-14
1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal1st2nd3rdTotal
1926221818515111516346573
Trainer Partnerships
Trainer1st2nd3rdLostTotal
K. Teetan2614994143
Z. Purton532717
M. F. Poon4232332
J. Moreira31217
C. Wong223815
C. Y. Ho1564052
H. T. Mo1301216
K. C. Leung10067
K. H. Chan10001
S. De Sousa1341422
A. Badel00011
A. Sanna0442028
C. Schofield01001
C. Williams00022
D. Whyte00066
G. Mosse00011
H. Bowman00022
H. N. Wong00066
K. C. Ng0022022
M. Barzalona00022
M. Chadwick00189
M. Harley00011
N. Callan011911
O. Murphy00033
R. Bayliss00044
T. Berry00011
U. Rispoli00145
W. Buick00022
W. M. Lai00011
Y. Take00011