“He raced really green and really new today,” Stackhouse said.
“He didn’t travel as good as I thought he would through the race and I thought I’d just bring him out early and work him into it with momentum.
“He was awkward around the corner a little bit and I think his class and ability got him through.”
Co-trained Ben Hayes said he and training partner Tom Dabernig would discuss Crosshaven’s short-term future but he said there were suitable races for the gelding early in the new season.
“I have to talk to Tom but I have a feeling that he’ll be running sometime around mid-August,” Hayes, who also trains Crosshaven in partnership with his Hong Kong-bound father David, said.
“There’s also the option maybe to go to the series races at Flemington in June. I’d say we’d be running in August.”
Crosshaven was a NZ$80,000 purchase at last year’s Karaka Sale but has returned more than $66,000 of that price with his two wins.