Tony Cruz is confident Beauty Joy can continue a prodigious rise after the emerging talent propelled Zac Purton to a confidence-boosting treble with HK$3.7 million G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) victory at Sha Tin on Sunday (29 May).
Now the most successful trainer in the Lion Rock Trophy’s seven-year history, having won it previously with The Golden Age (2018) and Ka Ying Star (2020), Cruz believes Beauty Joy is capable of ascending even higher through the grades after notching his fourth win of the season.
“Good horses can relax and they can change gears and they can quicken. He’s the type of horse who can do that. He won a Group 3 race today and I think he can be a Group 2 horse,” Cruz said.
“It (the race) started fast and then they started to pull it up on the turn and Beauty Joy started to throw his head up because they slowed it down. But Zac has got good hands, so he could still relax the horse and he could still finish strong. I was very happy with the ride and all credit to the jockey.”
Unbeaten in four Australian starts as Talladega, Beauty Joy could press for a season-closing win in the Class 1 Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association Trophy Handicap (1600m) on 16 July at Sha Tin.