Kiwi stayers dominate Brisbane Cup

Crossthestart led home fellow NZ bred stayers Scouting Wide and Ekstreme for a Kiwi trifecta in the G2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Crossthestart (5g Cape Cross – Startling Lady by Gold and Ivory) boosted his record to 9 wins from 29 starts and over $506,000 in earnings.  His best previous pay-day had been in the G3 Chairman’s Handicap at Doomben in May.

Bred and raced by The Oaks Stud owner Dick Karreman, he is trained by Ralph Manning and the partnership knows all about winning feature races after their association with outstanding mare Seachange.

Runner-up Scouting Wide (Zabeel) was bred by Plowman Bloodstock and bought by Steve Brem at the 2006 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale from Windsor Park Stud for $200,000.

Earlier in the day at Eagle Farm, Our Lukas spearheaded a NZ Bloodstock quinella in the Listed Strawberry Road Hcp (1600m).  He defeated Rockdale (Danroad) by over a length.

Our Lukas (6g Generous – Parfore by Gold Brose) was purchased by Paul Willetts for $20,000 at the 2005 NZB Select Yearling Sale from Westbury Stud.  He is trained by Robert Heathcote for owners John Taylor (South Africa) and Barry and Christine O’Toole (Phillip Island).

Adding to New Zealand bred success at Eagle Farm last Saturday was Miss Keepsake’s third placing behind the Bart Cummings trained Dariana in the G1 Queensland Derby (2400m).  A three-year-old filly by Cambridge Stud’s resident Danehill stallion Keeper, Miss Keepsake was coming off a G1 win in the Queensland Oaks.