THIS is no time to desert that man Tony Cruz, especially since the favour he did us when riding Allegresse to perfection on Saturday. Top News and Stellar Express set a very fast pace up front and Tony, knowing full well the leaders couldn't keep up that sort of gallop to the line, allowed his mount to lob along just off the pace before pouncing with 200 metres to run. Indeed, in my experience riding around the world, there are few better jockeys than Tony when it comes to giving one a ride from off the pace. This is one of the reasons why I'm very optimistic about Feodor (Nap) in tonight's sixth event. The English import had some solid form to his name over there before arriving in the territory and has been gradually coming to hand. He has already run once over a mile on the equitrack when fourth to Team Valour when Dean McKeown attempted to keep tabs on the leaders throughout. In the circumstances that was the only way to ride him that night as it seemed one had to be up there to win. But from what has been learned about Feodor since that run, it could just be best to let him run along at his own pace and come into the race over the closing stages. This is what happened last time on the grass when Feodor was a good second to Courageous, form which has been franked by the subsequent success of fourth-placed Lionheart. And it is possible for one to run home from off the pace over a mile on the equitrack. It is only really over the 1,030 and 1,400-metre sprints that it is so vital to be up on the speed throughout. The hope tonight is that if something goes too fast in front and the field comes back to Feodor over the final 100 metres, Cruz can power his mount home to the line for a last-gasp success.