Tony Cruz believes The Golden Scenery is destined for Group level after the Australian import’s win in the Class 2 Pok Fu Lam Country Park Handicap (1400m) under Luke Ferraris at Sha Tin on Saturday (25 June).
Notching his third victory in Hong Kong after winning twice in Australia when known as Dominant King for Steven O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted, The Golden Scenery has risen from a mark of 69 to the cusp of a triple-digit mark since joining Cruz’s stable.
With eight top-three finishes from 13 starts in his new surroundings, The Golden Scenery retains plenty of scope for improvement yet, according to Cruz.
“We haven’t seen the best of this horse yet, he’s the type of horse who can still improve,” Cruz said. “I believe he’s a Class 1 horse, maybe a Group 3 horse, but he’s still improving. Luke rode a perfect race on him. He’s very calm and I like this jockey. In future, I will definitely put him on more horses.”
Settling ninth behind stablemate Buddies (126lb), The Golden Scenery (130lb) speared through a late gap under Ferraris’ urging to deny Beauty Fit (119lb) by a neck in 1m 21.46s. Beauty Live (119lb) was third, a further length and a quarter away.
“All of his form shows that he likes to be ridden cold and we fell out of the gates and left him where he was happy. We had a lot of luck in running, the gaps opened when I needed them to and it was a smart win,” Ferraris said.
“He put them away nicely. He quickened superbly and he kept up the gallop under a fairly heavy weight. I don’t think too many winners came from off them today and he’s done that, which is impressive.”