Horse Racing

Peking Cruz moves to Open Allowance

Observer writer

Friday, August 24, 2018

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The Richard Azan part owned and trained Peking Cruz showed off his credentials of a good and true sprinter in the making with a powerful late running display to overwhelm a top crop of Overnight Allowance runners in a 1,100 metres dash at Caymanas Park on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Rushing to keep company with early leader Sir Budget, Peking Cruz stayed in touch in second but cut the chase from 300 metres out then ran on strongly after dispatching Sir Budget who was then joined by Polly B.

Peking Cruz went about his business with ease to win by 5 lengths as the 4/5 favourite from the chasing in vain 4/1 shot Polly B with Anthony Thomas aboard.

Gary Glitter neglected in the betting at 8-1 past tired horses in the straight to finish third with Chalrick Budhai on board. Sir Budget, the 3/2 second favourite with 55.0 kg and claiming apprentice Oneil Beckford completed the frame.

The three-year-old chestnut gelded son of Traditional - Patty Girl ridden by Dick Cardenas completed the sprint trip in a quick time of 1:05.4 stepping up in the class for the first time.

It was the second win over the distance for the chestnut colt and jockey Cardenas thought his mount could have done much better if the competition present was fiercer.

“For me it was an easy victory because the horse is well fit. I got a good break, put him on the bit and let him run for the final two furlongs. This is consecutive wins. Last time he won over the straight and today on the round course. He can do whatever he is trained to do. He is a very nice horse,” Cardenas said.

This was Peking Cruz's fifth win from eight starts with Cardenas having the leg up on the last five. “He is comfortable over the straight as well as the round course. He can also take a journey.”

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