Ka Ying Star maintained Tony Cruz’s advance towards the top of the trainers’ premiership with an overdue success in the G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, 31 May.
“I’m going to put the pedal to the metal!” Cruz said after the Cityscape gelding had pushed the stable’s tally to 52 wins.
That puts the two-time champion trainer five shy of long-time leader Ricky Yiu, who has clocked only one win from the last seven meetings.
Ka Ying Star (129lb) had classy form in the book already this term, including a couple of G1 placings, but had not nailed a Pattern race and was without a win of any kind in 13 months.
“The horse has deserved this, he’s run some good races in Group 1 but he has hardly any wins on his record so this is a good way for him to end his season,” Cruz said.
“Everything went his way today; he had to dictate this race and if he did, I knew he’d be hard to run down. Chad rode the perfect race and he clocked 1 (minute) 32.95 (seconds), that’s a decent time so he’s shown his quality.”