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Cruze to chase Millions Guineas place

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CruzetochaseMillionsGuineasplace

December20,20175:44pm。

byAAP

TrainerBrianLockwoodwilltrytogetCruzetotheMMGuineasafterhisDoombenwin。

Forthesecondtimeinhiscareer,thepromisingCruzefacesalast-minutechaseforprizemoneytogetintoamajorrace。

Cruze($2。

20)showedhisclassinrunning1min18。

88sectowina3YOHandicap(1350m)atDoombenonWednesday。

Itisrareforahorsetobreak1。

19sfortheDoomben1350matthemidweekmeetingsandCruzeseffortliveduptothebigwrapstrainerBarryLockwoodhasonthegelding。

Hestillhasonly$26,000inprizemoneyandIwillhavetogetsomemoreasouraimisthe($2million)MagicMillionsGuineas(January13),Lockwoodsaid。

ButtogetinhewillhavetorunintheVoRoguePlateonSaturdayweekandifheisfirstorsecondheshouldmaketheGuineasfield。

Ifhedoesntwewilljusthavetogobacktorunninghimthroughhisclasses。

EarlierthisyearLockwoodwaskeentogetCruzeintothefieldfortheGroupOneJJAtkinsStakesatDoombeninJuneandhetookCruzetoRandwickinSydneychasingprizemoney。

ThatdidntworkoutandhewasunplacedandmissedtheAtkins,Lockwoodsaid。

Buthisfirst-uprunwasgoodwhenhewasfourthbehindPierataheretwoweeksagoandIthinkheisinforabigcampaign。

FellowtrainerBruceHillrarelygetsexcitedonracedaybutfoundithardtohidehissmileafterEngraved($9。

50)finallybrokehismaidenstatus。

EngravedmadethemostofarailshuggingridebyMichaelCahilltosteampastthefavouriteWallander($2。

15)inthefinal100metrestoscoreanimpressivewinover1200m。

EngravedcarriesthecoloursofoneofQueenslandbiggestowners,NevilleMorgan,whohashadastringoftophorsessuchasGroupOneDoncasterwinnersRangirangdooandKermadac。

Morgan,whowasindulginghisotherpassionofgolfonWednesday,hashorsestrainedthroughoutAustraliabutalwaysmakescertainhehasahorsewithHill。

HillsaidEngravedhadbeenaveryfrustratinghorseandshouldhavewonamaidenwellbeforenow。

Hecanreallygallop。

Youwouldworkhimduringtheweekandthinkhowgoodisthisblokeandthengettotheracesandsomethingwouldalwaysgowrong,Hillsaid。

Butwehavebeenworkinghiminblinkersandheracesinthemnowwhichhasmadearealchange。


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