Anthony S. Cruz

Anthony Stephen da "Tony" Cruz (born 24 December 1956 in Hong Kong) is a prominent horse trainer and former Champion Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.

Tony Cruz
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OccupationJockey / Trainer
Born24 December 1956 (1956-12-24) (age 63)
Hong Kong
Career winsNot found
Major racing wins
As a jockey:

Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (2 times)
Hong Kong Derby (1983, 1987, 1988, 1995)
Singapore Gold Cup (1984)
Champion Stakes (1986, 1987)
Coronation Cup (1987)
Irish Champion Stakes (1987)
Prix Ganay (1987)
Prix d'Harcourt (1987)
Grand Prix de Chantilly (1988)
Grand Prix de Paris (1988)
Prix Niel (1988, 1989)
Prix Vermeille (1988)
Hong Kong Cup (1989)
Hong Kong Gold Cup (1995)
Prix de Diane (1989)
Yorkshire Oaks (1991)
Diadem Stakes (1991)
Irish St. Leger (1991)
Prix Royal-Oak (1991)
Prix Eugène Adam (1993)

As a trainer:
Hong Kong Mile (2003, 2010)
Hong Kong Sprint (2003, 2004)
Hong Kong Cup (2011, 2012)
Champions Mile (2005, 2006)
Hong Kong Derby (2004, 2008)
Stewards' Cup (2005, 2006, 2011, 2014)
Hong Kong Gold Cup (2004, 2005, 2011)
Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (2013, 2014)
Centenary Sprint Cup (2001, 2004, 2005)
Chairman's Sprint Prize (2004, 2005)
The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (2009, 2011)
Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2015)

International training wins:

Sprinters Stakes (2005)
Yasuda Kinen (2006)
Racing awards
Hong Kong Champion Jockey
(1978–1986 & 1994–1995)
Hong Kong Champion Trainer (2000, 2005)
Significant horses
Triptych, Golden Pheasant, Colonial Chief
Co-Tack, Lucky Owners, Russian Pearl
Silent Witness, Bullish Luck, Floral Pegasus, Egyptian Ra

Early lifeEdit

Son of Johnny M. da Cruz, himself a well-known jockey, Tony Cruz is of Portuguese descent. He became an apprentice jockey at the age of 14.[1]

Riding careerEdit

Referred to as a racing legend by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Cruz began his professional riding in 1973 and earned his first win on 11 December 1974 at Happy Valley Racecourse. After becoming one of Hong Kong's top jockeys, in the late 1980s he rode in England and France where he enjoyed considerable success, capturing a number of prestigious Group One races.

Cruz has been Hong Kong's champion jockey six times and has won more races there than any other jockey. When he retired from riding he embarked on a career as a trainer that has led to more success.

He won the Hong Kong Derby four times aboard Co-Tack (1983), Tea For Two II (1987), Clear City (1988), Makarpura Star (1995). He has also ridden to victory in the Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup on two occasions.

In 2010/11 in which he won 72 races, including two HKG1s and the G1 CXHK Mile with Beauty Flash, for a career total of 801.


Total Runners
No. of Wins
No. of 2nds
No. of 3rds
No. of 4ths
Stakes won
2010/2011 630 72 53 57 52 HK$79,735,725


Notably he trained two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Silent Witness (2004, 2005) and his third straight Hong Kong Horse of the Year, 2006 winner, Bullish Luck.

As a trainer he won it in 2004 with Lucky Owners, and in 2008 with Helene Mascot.