Cruze returns to favourite distance

Talented gelding Cruze will be given the chance to improve on his stellar record around the Eagle Farm 1400m circuit.

The talented Cruze gets the chance to return to the winners' list when he runs over his favourite course and distance at Eagle Farm.

Cruze's summer campaign has been hamstrung by an unsuitable distance options but he gets back to 7 f in Saturday's Open Handicap.

The gelding set a 1400m-course record at the track in December, clocking 1.21.03s.

He has since finished unplaced in the Magic Millions Cup before a third over 1 m at Eagle Farm.

Lockwood was forced to drop him back to 6 f at Eagle Farm last Saturday week when he was unsuited by a slow early tempo.

The winner of that race, Mishani El Lobo, ran 1.10.93 which was the slowest open company 6 f on a dry track this season.

"They walked early and then the winner got home in sub 34 seconds which made it impossible for us to run him down," Lockwood said.

Cruze will carry top weight of 128lbs after the handicaps were raised 6lbs when trainer Kris Lees did not accept with Hallelujah Boy.

In-form apprentice Stephanie Thornton will claim 3lbs to help overcome the weight hike.

Lockwood has also claimed on stayer Art Attack who steps up in class in the Events @ BRC Handicap (2200m).

Art Attack carried 130lbs when fourth at Eagle Farm last Saturday but drops to 114lbs this week after Corey Bayliss' 4lbs claim.

"He has been consistent and was paying for it at the weights," Lockwood said.

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