SA TROTS - Can Carlisle Cruiser conquer again

FRESH from a brilliant racing return a fortnight ago, Carlisle Cruiser will be back in action at Globe Derby tomorrow night as he attempts to maintain his perfect season.

First-up for 10 weeks, Carlisle Cruiser registered his fifth consecutive win by rating 1:58.6 over 1800 metres to capture the St Ledger.

Naturally pleased with the three-year-old’s performance, trainer George Smith has no doubt Carlisle Cruiser is capable of adding the Sires’ Produce to his tally.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way he went,” Smith said. “It was a terrific run back from a spell and he has sharpened right up since.

“His work has been great and he is more than ready to put in an even better run.”

For all his belief in the son of A Rocknroll Dance, Smith remains wary ahead of the feature.

The reason behind Smith’s hesitance is two-fold – Carlisle Cruiser’s draw and his latest challenger, Jawsoflincoln.

Carlisle Cruiser will begin from barrier five, while Jawsoflincoln will come from gate two.

Winner of the South Australia Derby last April, Jawsoflincoln recently returned from a New South Wales campaign, where his best result was a second from three starts.

“He certainly has his work cut out for him,” Smith said. “We haven’t raced Jawsoflincoln before, but he is the class horse in the field.

“He’s proven himself and has the draw advantage over us.

“My bloke is in great shape and will certainly let them know he is there.”

Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga