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Crosshaven puts hand up to tackle Ole Kirk

While Ole Kirk was the star of the show in Sydney, the Melbourne colts and geldings attempted to put their name forward in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (Gr 3, 1400m), with the prize a clash with the Golden Rose winner in two weeks. Step forward Crosshaven (3 g Smart Missile – Irish Colleen by Shinko King), with the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained gelding taking his record to four wins from five starts with his victory in the Prelude.

Crosshaven Enters Caulfield Guineas In Top Form | Racing and Sports

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Lindsay Park produces Caulfield Guineas contender as Crosshaven boosts impressive strike rate

Still a work in progress, underrated Crosshaven shapes as Lindsay Park’s premier chance of ending the stable’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas drought after an emphatic Prelude triumph. Boosting his record to four wins from five starts, the Smart Missile gelding ($5.50) underlined his talent by downing Amish Boy ($7) and National Choice ($51) while enhancing Guineas claims in the 1400m dress rehearsal.

Crosshaven and Daniel Stackhouse combine to take out the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
Crosshaven and Daniel Stackhouse combine to take out the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
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Trained by Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes, Crosshaven firmed from $21-$11 for the Guineas on October 10 behind Mounga ($5) and Golden Rose winner Ole Kirk ($6).

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Smart Missile Gelding Wins G3 Guineas Prelude

A last start Listed winner at Flemington, talented Smart Missile gelding Crosshaven took another step forward when scoring a stylish victory in the Group III MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Crosshaven wins the G3 Guineas Prelude -  Pat Scala - Racing Photos

Prepared at Lindsay Park, Crosshaven keeps improving and raced on the pace for Daniel Stackhouse before kicking clear to win by a length and three-quarters.
 

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19 For Smart Missile

Twin Hills Stud-based sire Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) sired his 19th stakes winner on Saturday when Lindsay Park-trained Crosshaven (3 g ex Irish Colleen by Shinko King) announced himself as a serious contender for the Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) in the Exford Plate (Listed, 1400m) at Flemington.

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Crosshaven victorious in Exford Plate

Lindsay Park’s hand in next month’s Caulfield Guineas was strengthened following the Exford Plate victory of Smart Missile gelding Crosshaven at Flemington on Saturday.
Crosshaven

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

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.
Oaks winner Colette can defy history
Colette tackles a strong line-up of Group 1 spring candidates in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“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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Smart One to Watch- Scone

Not sure here if it’s the trainer or the horse that’s the One to Watch! Former assistant trainer to Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Annabel Neasham saddled a winner with her first runner as a trainer when three year-old Smart Missile gelding Commanding Missile saluted at Scone on debut.

Sent out favourite for the 1100m maiden he finished off well for Brodie Loy to win by three-quarters of a length.

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Australian-Bred Legal Battle Breaks Maiden At Niigata

Legal Battle (3 c Smart Missile – Pyrography by Danzero) shed his maiden status at the fourth time of asking when he landed a race over 1600 metres at Niigata on Saturday and became the second winner in Japan for Twin Hills Stud-based sire Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock).

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The Fumimasa Takahashi-trained colt was having his first start as a three-year-old and came out on top of a close finish to beat Lulworth Cove (Kizuna) by a neck with the same distance back to Tokimeki (Admire Moon) in third.

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Shrewd Shopping for Clothing by Boomer at the Magic Millions

Scheduled to go under the hammer at the 2017 Magic Millions national Broodmare Sale, the Commands mare Clothing was offered a last minute reprieve by Godolphin when her daughter Raiment (Street Cry) won the Group III Birthday Card Stakes followed by a defeat of  Invincibella in the Group III James Carr Stakes.

Three year’s later Clothing did make the trip to the Gold Coast where Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock was Johnny-on-the-spot shelling out $90,000 for the daughter of Commands who carried a positive test to Shooting To Win.

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No fatigue for Oliver & Godolphin at Flemington

No fatigue for Oliver & Godolphin at Flemington
Oliver teamed up with Godolphin to win the Group III Bletchingly Stakes on Viridine at Caulfield last month before the jockey and trainer James Cummings combined in the Lexus Plate (1410m).An early speed battle went on up front while Oliver let Fatigues find his rhythm off the speed in the early stages of the Lexus Plate.

The $3.10 second pick Yes Baby Yes was the loser in the speed duel when stuck working three-wide to the home turn while jockey Jye McNeil opted out to give $3 favourite Galactic Fury a trail at the 800m.

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