SA TROTS - Southern Cross Heat contender Lil Miss Crocker

WELL-BRED youngster Lil Miss Crocker will take a step towards matching one of her famous relative’s feats this weekend.

Breaking her local maiden at Globe Derby last week, Lil Miss Crocker is poised to return to the venue for Saturday night’s Southern Cross heats.

Should all go according to plan, the Ingrid Smith-trained filly will then contest the $30,000 Final on December 2.

By Rock N Roll World, the two-year-old hails from the same family as millionaire, Major Crocker, which captured the 2014 Final at three.

Another of Lil Miss Crocker’s ‘uncles’ – Adam Crocker – finished third in 2019.

“She is coming along nicely,” breeder-owner Gary Crocker said. “She won in Bathurst earlier this year before having a break and has been very consistent this time in.

“It was only a matter of time before she got another win on the board.

“Hopefully she can come out on top again this week and maybe even the Final.”

To be driven by David Smith, Lil Miss Crocker is expected to be pushed forward in search of the lead from barrier four.

“It’s only a small field, but there are a couple which do go well,” Crocker said. “Sometimes these small fields can be tricky, so we’ll just see how it pans out.”

In the opening heat, boom filly Miss Idaho should have no trouble extending her winning streak to five.

Also facing just four rivals, Miss Idaho has drawn gate three for leading horseman Ryan Hryhorec.

“I don’t think there is any doubt Miss Idaho is the one to beat in the series,” Crocker said. “None of the two-year-olds here, including the colts, have been able to get close to her.

“We’ll be doing our best and hoping for that ‘you never know in racing’ moment when the time comes.”

 Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga