Just days after stablemate Aysar resumed with his second-consecutive mid-week city win over 1300 metres at Sandown Hillside, Crosshaven won his three-year-old Listed feature over 1400m.
Crosshaven ($9) raced outside the leader Bartley ($4.80) and the pair controlled the tempo of the race before Crosshaven dashed home better to score by 1.5 lengths.
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Oaks winner Colette can defy history
September 3, 2020
There’s “a smorgasbord of options” in the coming months for Australian Oaks winner Colette but trainer James Cummings is under no illusions of the task ahead when the mare kicks off her preparation at Randwick on Saturday.
Colette tackles a strong line-up of Group 1 spring candidates in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).
After winning the Australian Oaks back in April, the Godolphin head trainer signalled a “light spring” was ahead of the daughter of Hallowed Crown which had progressed from a Hawkesbury maiden in December 2019 to her Randwick Group 1 success on the second day of The Championships.
But there has been plenty of changes in the world this year due to the coronavirus pandemic meaning there remains considerable uncertainty surrounding international involvement in the spring carnival and Cummings appears to have opened the door to the possibility of a Group 1 handicap assault.
Last month on Sydney radio he said, “she might be a lightweight Caulfield Cup chance. We think she would get about 51 kilos” but the trainer realises that Australian Oaks winners have struggled to make an impact in recent years during their spring four-year-old campaigns.“She has challenges before her as a four-year-old,” he said.
“She’s going well but has to defy history to some extent this spring to prove herself better than many recent Oaks winners.“There’s a smorgasbord of options for her this spring, which of them we choose will become clearer in time.“We’ll be guided by her. We might give her a run or two and only afford her a light spring.“We don’t have to announce anything yet, we get the opportunity to see her like everyone else.”
Colette is an easing $8.50 chance in Tramway Stakes betting after being fitted up with two trials during July and August at Hawkesbury and then Randwick where she wasn’t knocked around finishing behind the placegetters.
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