Furore (122lb) snaffled the G3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin this afternoon (Sunday, 1 November) to lead home a one-two finish for trainer Tony Cruz in the HK$3.5 million contest.
The Pierro gelding passed the post a length and a quarter ahead of stablemate and reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Exultant (133lb), in a swift time of 1m 45.91s, which secured the two-time champion trainer his fifth triumph in the race.
Furore’s win was his first since his heroics in the 2019 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) as a four-year-old. Despite multiple placed efforts in the highest grade, the six-year-old was without a win from his following 12 runs, and this afternoon’s reward owed plenty to jockey Joao Moreira’s cool, calm and collected ride.
“I actually had in mind that we were going to be a little bit closer in the field thinking that there wasn’t much pace in the race but he didn’t jump very well so we found ourselves a little bit further back,” Moreira explained.