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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.
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
|1||7||CROSSHAVEN||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Daniel Stackhouse||11||57.5kg||$9|
|2||8||BARTLEY||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||KHOEKHOE||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 CHOICE||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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