Co-trainer Tom Dabernig described Crosshaven as an exciting three-year-old and said the Caulfield Guineas was the logical next step after his comfortable win.
Crosshaven appreciated a distance rise to 1400 metres on Saturday to post his third victory.
“In his races over 1200 he’s always been just off the bridle so the step up in trip was good and to see him win like that today was so exciting,” Dabernig said.
Crosshaven’s only defeat from four starts was when he finished sixth behind Immortal Love at his previous run at Caulfield and Dabernig said the gelding would have gone close to winning but was checked in the closing stages.
His jockey Daniel Stackhouse agreed with Dabernig that the extra distance of the Exford Plate suited Crosshaven.
“He’s still a big, raw gelding so he’ll take great benefit from today, I think,” Stackhouse said.
“The plan was to take our time and get him into a really good rhythm. You can see that he’s still not stretching out a hundred per cent as he’s still learning what he’s doing.”
Crosshaven ($9) defeated Bartley ($4.80) by 1-1/2 lengths with Cherry Tortoni ($5.50) three-quarters of a length away third.
2020 Exford Plate Odds
|1||Immortal Love (6)J: Craig Newitt 58.5kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr||$3.70||$1.55||Bet Now|
|2||Rathlin (7)J: Jye Mcneil 58kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$26.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|3||Cherry Tortoni (11)J: Billy Egan 58kg T: Patrick Payne||$6.00||$2.20||Bet Now|
|4||Tanker (2)J: John Allen 58kg T: C Maher & D Eustace||$91.00||$20.00||Bet Now|
|5||Khoekhoe (8)J: Fred W Kersley 57.5kg T: Matthew Cumani||$20.00||$5.00||Bet Now|
|6||Aim (1)J: Unknown 57.5kg T: P & P Snowden||$0.00||$0.00|
|7||Crosshaven (13)J: Daniel Stackhouse 57.5kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes||$9.00||$2.80||Bet Now|
|8||Bartley (4)J: Mark Zahra 57kg T: P & P Snowden||$5.00||$1.90||Bet Now|
|9||Crown Mint (5)J: Craig Williams 57kg T: G V Richards||$26.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|10||So You Can (3)J: Damien Oliver 57kg T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas||$10.00||$3.10||Bet Now|
|11||Johnny Get Angry (9)J: Lachlan King 57kg T: Denis Pagan||$26.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|12||Ironedge (10)J: Ben Melham 57kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr||$16.00||$4.00||Bet Now|
|13||National Choice (12)J: Michael Dee 57kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr||$16.00||$4.00||Bet Now|