Maybe an “Elusive” treble for Cruz family

Elusive Meteor (Mark Du Plessis) racing away to a strong win at Te Rapa yesterday.

Elusive Meteor (Mark Du Plessis) racing away to a strong win at Te Rapa yesterday.

Brothers Trevor and Martin Cruz have picked up a double within eight days for their mother, Angel, and will be hoping to make that a treble with 11 days.

The Cambridge trainers produced Elusive Empire to record a stylish maiden win at Avondale last Wednesday in the hands of Mark Du Plessis, then at Te Rapa yesterday the pair again combined with Du Plessis to win with Elusive Meteor.

On Saturday the Cruz brothers will attempt to take their success a step higher with Elusive Empire when he contests the Gr.3 Mongolian Khan Trophy (1200m) at Ellerslie.

Both Elusive Empire and Elusive Meteor are well-bred horses, being by Exceed And Excel and Northern Meteor respectively, and both are shaping well for the Cruz family.

Elusive Empire had been placed in each of his three previous starts before his win, while Elusive Meteor was having just her third start yesterday, but had also shown promise with two placings.

She won at the Te Awamutu trials last December then ran an encouraging fourth on debut at Avondale a month later behind Tighlign with the runner-up that day being Wide Awake, who raced with the last race yesterday.

Her form going into her latest race was made even stronger when she finished second to Love Affair at Te Aroha in her second start.

“She’s been a tad green here and there so we added blinkers today and that’s done the trick,” said Trevor Cruz after yesterday’s win in the Lodge Real Estate 1200.”

Du Plessis settled Elusive Meteor seventh, angled her out on the home turn and, after ranging up at the 200 metres, kicked her clear to win by two lengths.

It was a Cambridge trifecta with the Stephen Marsh-trained Andando second ahead of One Prize One Goal, from Lee Somervell’s stable.

“I think she’ll be looking to go a bit further, but could slip in another 1200 next time for strength-wise,” said Du Plessis. “She’ll be looking for a mile later on.”

Angel Cruz purchased Elusive Meteor for $360,000 from the 2015 Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka. Her dam, Golden Pedigree, was a juvenile stakes winner in South Australia, and she hails from the family of Gr.1 ATC Metropolitan winner The Verminator and Biologist, who won six races for Gary Alton, including the Listed Karaka Classic.