At Doomben on Saturday, the Bevan Laming-trained Crossthestart claimed a decisive two-length win ahead of Larry’s Never Late in the $100,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m).
Ridden by Chris Munce, Crossthestart ($10) took the lead as the field slowed on the turn going into the back straight, the five-year-old Cape Cross gelding running hard to the line as his rivals struggled to keep up.
The closest were fellow Kiwi-bred runner, Larry’s Never Late ($12) in second and The Grogoch ($18) a close third a long head further away.
It was a disappointing finish for the $5 favourite Tabulate who was left behind by more than five lengths, while the worst result of the race was the Bart Cummings-trained Dandaad ($5.50) finishing dead last in 16th.
The Brisbane Cup on June 12 is the next big goal for Crossthestart
The highlight race at Doomben on Saturday was the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) won by Queensland outsider Albert The Fat, while The Hombre took out the other group feature, the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m).
For the results of these two races and for a comprehensive coverage of Crossthestart’s win in the Chairman’s Handicap, visit Doomben.com.au.
Results for the 2010 Gelzinnis Family Chairman’s Handicap:
|B & R Laming||C Munce||$10||–|
LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ)
|Rodney Douglas||S Scriven||$12||2.0|
|John Wheeler||J Taylor||$18||2.2|
|Steven O’dea||R Wiggins||$19||3.0|
|Brian Smith||M Walker||$18||3.4|
THE EMBASSY (NZ)
|Chris Waller||B Shinn||$6||3.9|
SHUFFLE THE CASH
|Bryan Guy||L Cassidy||$14||4.2|
|Michael Nolan||L P Rolls||$41||5.2|
|Robert Heathcote||J Byrne||$5F||5.3|
CASTLE HEIGHTS (NZ)
|Donna Logan||S Katsidis||$21||5.6|
SHI KIN FLY (NZ)
|John Sargent||R McMahon||$7||5.7|
GALLIONS REACH (NZ)
|Richard Yuill||S C Spratt||$41||5.8|
|Michael Moroney||C J Grylls||$31||7.1|
|Danny J Bougoure||S Seamer||$41||7.3|
|Howard Wilson||J Holder||$12||7.6|
|Bart Cummings||L Nolen||$5.50||8.9|