France’s charismatic Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Gerald Mosse completed his latest Hong Kong contract with a winning double as well as two predictions for the rest of the season.
Mosse is confident Tony Cruz can take out this season’s trainers’ premiership and he is equally bullish about unbeaten California Choice making the grade as a top sprinter.
Cruz trails John Moore by one win in the trainers’ title after he combined with Mosse to win with California Choice and Space Race at Sha Tin on Sunday night.
“I really hope I have helped Tony in his quest to be champion trainer, and I believe he is going to do it,” Mosse told the South China Morning Post.
Mosse’s Hong Kong licence was extended to fill a void created by the suspension of Cruz’s regular rider Matthew Chadwick.
He rates California Choice as a horse of the future.
“California Choice really impressed me, he felt like a superstar horse, a very, very nice horse,” Mosse said.
Mosse will return to Europe in time to renew ties with Americain, the French-trained galloper he rode to win last year’s Melbourne Cup.
Americain is close to resuming and is expected to have his first start for 2011 over 3100m.
Australians jockeys Darren Beadman, Zac Purton and Brett Prebble were all in winning form.
The feature race, the Group Two Chairman’s Trophy, was taken out by Flying Blue for John Size.