On Saturday at Doomben as part of the exciting action of Racefest, five-year-old Crossthestart scored a comprehensive win in the $100,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m).
Trained by Bevan and Richard Laming, Crossthestart ($10) ran hard to the line, finishing a comfortable two lengths ahead of Launceston Cup winner Larry’s Never Late ($12).
$18 outsider The Grogoch finished off the trifecta just a long head back, while the odds-on favourite Tabulate ($5) was well back in ninth place.
Jockey Chris Munce, who enjoyed a hat-trick of wins on Saturday, employed bold tactics when he surged to the lead with Crossthestart at around the 1000m mark as the pace began to ease, with the gelding powerful enough to hold on and win by an impressive margin.
Crossthestart, a Cape Cross gelding, has now saluted in eight of his 27 career starts with Saturday’s winnings boosting his total prizemoney earned to $314,992.
He will have one more start in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on May 29 before running in the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 12, as Bevan Laming aims for his third Cup success following his dual wins with Desert Chill (1995 & 1997).
The big event on the card for Saturday was the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) where Albert The Fat beat home a field of his more fancied rivals, and the other feature at the meeting was the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) won by The Hombre.
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2010 BRC Chairman’s Handicap Results:
|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|