A classy win by Furore today proved his second-up success over Exultant was no fluke as he did it again to lead home a one-two for trainer Tony Cruz in today’s (Sunday, 22 November) HK$4.5 million G2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin.
Furore ended a 19 month winless streak last start, in the G3 Sa Sa Ladies Purse Handicap (1800m), when he overhauled his five-time G1 winning stablemate and today he repeated the dose – once again as second favourite to Exultant.
Today’s clash however, is the pair’s final for the calendar year and it served as a preview of the strong hand that Cruz holds ahead of December’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, as the handler confirmed his duo’s respective targets at Sha Tin’s HK$95 million showcase.
“I’m glad they’re not in the same race – Exultant will be in the Vase and Furore will be in the Cup,” Cruz confirmed, “we’ll go straight into the International Races with them – we are ready.”
Furore contests a second G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) after finishing fourth last year while Exultant bids to recapture the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) crown he won in 2018 before finishing third last year.
Today, Brazilian ace Joao Moreira had Furore in a forward position, following the third of Cruz’s three, Time Warp (128lb) throughout the race before peeling out to hit the lead aboard the 2019 BMW Hong Kong Derby winner for a comfortable G2 success with plenty left up his sleeve.