Great Guy may have had his last hurrah

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 June, 2011, 12:00am


Great Guy made the most of a well-judged Matthew Chadwick ride to claim his fourth win, hugely pleasing trainer Tony Cruz, who has been battling the horse's legs all season in a bid to get him over the line one more time before retirement.

Cruz said a course of regular treatments and anti-inflammatory injections were required to keep Great Guy on the track up until now, and that he would now be recommending to the Wong family that they retire the seven-year-old next season after his victory in the Caring For The Elderly Handicap (1,600m).

'He's had injuries in his fetlocks, we have to medicate him all the time to stop that joint soreness,' Cruz said.

'Now he's coming to the end of his career really, because his joints won't last too much longer, so it is great to get a final result with him.'

Chadwick bounced Great Guy straight to the lead from his inside draw, and didn't look back as he pushed his mount to a three-quarter length win over Watch First and Caga Spirit.

'The plan was to use alley number one today, go to the front and lead if we can, and everything worked out well,' Cruz said.

'It was a pretty ordinary race and there were no outstanding horses in that field to run us down.

'He's been knocking on the door, and now he's down in Class Four, he really had to be competitive.'

The win helped Cruz restore a safety buffer of five at the top of the trainers' premiership, with John Moore going winless at the meeting.