Caulfield Guineas Odds Firm on Exford Plate Winner Crosshaven

September 12, 2020

Caulfield Guineas Odds Firm on Exford Plate Winner Crosshaven

The Group 1 $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10 is the likely main spring aim for Crosshaven following their big win from out wide in the Listed $140,000 Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington.

Peter Snowden

Bartley ran second in the 2020 Exford Plate for Team Snowden. Photo: Taron Clarke.

An early feature on the Makybe Diva Stakes Day card, the Exford Plate saw the undefeated Immortal Love for Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr jump favourite but eventually cross last as the Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes-trained Crosshaven scored an upset.

Taking his record up to three wins from four starts with a stylish second-up performance, the Smart Missile gelding showed nice improvement off his sixth a fortnight back in the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 29 behind Immortal Love.

Ridden to his first Black-Type victory by Daniel Stackhouse, Crosshaven crossed over from his wide gate in the Exford Plate to sit up on the speed travelling second on the outside of front-runner Bartley.

Peter & Paul Snowden’s promising Written Tycoon colt Bartley, backing-up off a 2.3 length 1300m win at Warwick Farm from September 2, led into the turn and gave a kick on the inside down the straight.

Crosshaven kept finding however as the pair went stride-for-stride over the closing stages before the eventual winner moved up, took the lead and drew clear in a terrific performance.

In third rounding out the Exford Plate trifecta in an excellent first-up run was the previously unbeaten Cherry Tortoni.

Patrick Pyane’s boom Night Of Thunder gelding was a two-time winner at the track last season including carrying 61kg to victory over the mile in Black-Type company back in July and, from third last in the run, did his best work late fresh in the Exford.

Crosshaven is likely to run next-up in the Group 3 $250,000 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 26 before heading into the Group 1 over a mile.

Long John (2013) for Peter Snowden was the last three-year-old to complete the Exford Plate – Caulfield Guineas double.

All-in Caulfield Guineas 2020 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au – available in full here – have firmed in from $34 into $17 on Crosshaven, while Exford Plate disappointment Immortal Love has drifted out from $15 to $26.

2020 Exford Plate Results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 CROSSHAVEN Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 11 57.5kg $9
2 8 BARTLEYSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 1.5L 2 57kg $4.80
3 3 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 2.25L 9 58kg $5.50
4 9 CROWN MINT Gordon Richards Craig Williams 2.45L 3 57kg $26
5 12 IRONEDGE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 3.45L 8 57kg $15
6 5 KHOEKHOESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 4.95L 6 57.5kg $21
7 2 RATHLIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 5.05L 5 58kg $26
8 10 SO YOU CAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Damien Oliver 5.15L 1 57kg $10
9 11 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 6.65L 7 57kg $26
10 13 NATIONAL CHOICESuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 8.4L 10 57kg $17
11 1 IMMORTAL LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 9.15L 4 58.5kg $3.70F
6 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden 0
4 TANKER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 0

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