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).

While Lindsay Park last celebrated Guineas success in 1994 with St Covet, Hayes is hopeful Crosshaven can continue to improve.

“It was a really good effort because it looked to me that they really ran along there and he was able to do it at both ends. He‘s a pretty nice horse, is he?” he said.

“He really accelerated well and won well so it‘s really exciting for two weeks’ time (Caulfield Guineas).”

He‘s four from five now. He’s got a fantastic record and every race he won impressively. He’s now a serious contender heading towards the Caulfield Guineas. Really exciting. 
Jockey Daniel Stackhouse indicated Crosshaven remains on an upward trajectory.
“He just keeps improving and keeps delivering,” he said.

“It was a great win at Flemington the other day and I worked him up at the farm. I thought he improved a lot and coming here today I was confident.

“The way he travelled from the 600 (metre mark), I was never going to get beaten.

“He‘s still very green and raw when he hit the front. I think stepping up to the mile will be no problem at all.

Crosshaven has no trouble maintaining his advantage over his rivals.
Crosshaven has no trouble maintaining his advantage over his rivals.
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“He took them the opposition off the bridle a long way out. Great credit to himself. He just keeps going, keeps building, and is very strong. Onwards and upwards, I think.”

Flying Award, who started $5 favourite, finished last.

“Very poor run. He just didn’t fire at all,” jockey Damien Oliver said.