SA TROTS - Alan Cronin discusses his Southern Cross runners

THOUGH wary of the ‘X-factor’ in the field, astute trainer Alan Cronin remains confident ahead of tomorrow night’s Globe Derby program.

Cronin has two runners engaged – half-brothers Hezrockinroyalty and Royal Watch – with both contesting Southern Cross heats.

Winner of his last two starts, Hezrockinroyalty will contest a two-year-old qualifier, with Victorian raider, No Notthebuttons, among the pacer’s rivals.

Although the interstater is first-up for 10 weeks, the fact he is trained by Emma Stewart sounds an ominous warning!

“It will be an interesting test for my fella,” Cronin said. “Dale Afford’s one (Tembie) likes to lead and he’s drawn to do so from the pole, but then there is the Emma Stewart factor which you have to respect.

“We know how great Emma is at conditioning them first-up, plus her one will no doubt be better again next week for the Final.”

With Ryan Hryhorec to take the reins, Hezrockinroyalty is the widest drawn in the field of five.

No Notthebuttons will begin from barrier two.

“No matter where he settles he won’t be far off them and gets his chance if he is good enough, which I think he is,” Cronin said. “It won’t be easy, but I expect him to run a big race.

“We’re lucky in regards to the fact he makes it to the Final no matter where he finishes and then we’ll hope for a better draw in that.”

Also drawn five in the second three-year-old heat, Royal Watch will need to be on his best behaviour against a classy field which includes defending champion, Hes All Torque.

Winner upon debut, the son of Hes Watching was then wayward during his following outing in which he finished sixth.

“He’s only had two starts and has shown in those how green he is,” Cronin said. “His work has been solid and the ability is there, it is a matter of how well he settles on the night.”

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