Morris's stalwart Cruise Tothelimit set to bring up century
Carlisle's ladies' night, unique in that it extends to jockeys as well as racegoers, is partly about allowing opportunities for female riders to gain in experience. In those circumstances, the 99-time raced Cruise Tothelimit is strong currency in the 6.15.
The Patrick Morris-trained ten-year-old is a veteran of more races than his rider Ella McCain – daughter of trainer Donald – and, while not the force of old (his best RPR is 92, his current BHA mark 56) he is still a regular visitor to the more shaded parts of the winner's enclosure.
Morris said on Sunday: "He's getting on and it's a while since he won, but he runs his race more often than not. He is what he is at this stage, we hope he runs well.
"We've had him since he was a yearling and he won for us as a two-year-old. A good friend of mine owns him and we sent him to Ian Williams for a time, and he had a great spell there."
Overall, Cruise Tothelimit has made 55 starts for Morris, recording four of his ten wins for the yard. The latest of those came in March last year over five furlongs at Wolverhampton. He has never won over a stiff six but has placed over course and distance.
Morris added: "He's been a good horse for us. He enjoys life and he's done plenty for us. He actually doesn't run all that often these days."
The trainer said of Cruise Tothelimit's new rider: "Ella hasn't ridden for us before, but we've had her sister [Abbie] up and she's a good girl. She was always bound to be, coming from the McCain yard."
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