Size Is No Obstacle For QEII Cup Hopeful

By: Sarah Fortnum
April 29th, 2011

Hong Kong is confident that their local talent California Memory could be the one to upstage the international competition in the coveted QE11 Cup at Sha Tin this Sunday.

In a story that could be likened to that of the legendary Seabiscuit’s, the pony-sized California Memory will attempt to win the Group 1 Cup and snare the $1 million prize.

Trainer Tony Cruz was more than pleased with California Memory’s performance in track work earlier today.

“His work this morning was just what he needed after a couple of trials since his last run,” Cruz said.

“He did also have a little abscess but that’s of no concern at all now.”

Cruz believed that California Memory’s size is of no disadvantage, with the horse coming from behind in his last start in the Hong Kong Gold Cup to post a convincing win over the rest of the quality field.

“He’s only a small horse but it doesn’t stop him galloping,” Cruz said.

“He’s fine-boned, has small fetlock joints, I think my ankles are thicker than his canons.

“But he can run.”

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