Action on track counts most

Heart Beat (Craig Grylls) in winning form at Matamata.

Heart Beat (Craig Grylls) in winning form at Matamata.

A hind leg action robbed Heart Beat of an opportunity to show his best in Hong Kong, but Cambridge trainers Martin and Trevor Cruz aren’t complaining.

Heart Beat looked smart when winning a trial in December 2013 from Shaune Ritchie’s stable and ended up in the Hong Kong barn of the Cruz brothers’ father, Derek.

“He had a couple of trials over there but was unraced,” said Trevor Cruz. “He’s got stringhalt and though it’s only cosmetic it lets him down. That’s why he didn’t race in Hong Kong.”

Sent back to New Zealand, Heart Beat is raced by the Cruz brother’s mother, Angel, and has shown much promise.

He won at the Cambridge trials last November then finished third on debut at Avondale on December 2 before filling the same placing over 1200 on the same track 26 days later.

On the score of those two efforts, Heart Beat was expected to be hard to beat at Matamata last Saturday week and he lived up to expectations, winning by a neck over 1200 metres.

“He needs a long straight and stepping up to 1400,” said Cruz. “He’s still green, but he goes well.”

Heart Beat will get the extra distance at Te Rapa on Saturday in the Design Depot 1400, a Rating 65 event, and from a handy barrier draw of five he could add another win to his record.