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Size's armoury 'should win him trainers' title'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 February, 2012, 12:00am

Tony Cruz continues to keep pace with John Size in the race for the trainers' championship, but has virtually conceded the crown, claiming the Australian has 'too many guns' to catch him.

Cruz is a two-time champion trainer and was narrowly beaten last term, when John Moore claimed victory on the last day of the season, and he trails Size eight wins just past the half-way mark.

Both trainers had doubles yesterday, to take them to 41 and 33 respectively, but the loftier position of Cruz's winners in the ratings compared to Size's shows why he will find it hard to run down his rival.

Both Cruz's winners, Crown Witness and Best Eleven, are well-exposed and rated in the 90s, while the Size-trained gallopers won Class Fours and, like numerous stablemates, seem on their way to more wins.

'I'm just keeping in touch but I don't have as many guns in the lower classes,' Cruz said.

Three-year-old Best Eleven became the first horse to win five races this season, notching his fourth in a row and will now find himself rated in the mid 90s after a tidy Class Two win.

'He is just so honest and professional, he did not do one thing wrong,' Cruz said. 'And he had plenty of gas in the tank at the end. He carried a light weight and the good draw helped, too.'

Best Eleven had been ridden by Maxime Guyon and Gerald Mosse in his wins, but Matthew Chadwick took the reins this time and was impressed by the petite but perfectly proportioned individual. 'I'd ridden him earlier in his career and he is a lot more mature now,' Chadwick said. 'I thought he might be out of his class but he did everything perfectly.'

Crown Witness continued his strong form with a rugged 1,650m win on the dirt, with Cruz feeling justified in his opinion the tough gelding 'doesn't really get a mile', despite having won over the 1,650m twice at Happy Valley. 'He was lucky to win,' Cruz said. 'The whole field was coming to wipe him out and he was slowing down. He loves the dirt and is a nice horse to train.'

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