Smart Missile Gelding Back to Winning Form

Tara Madgwick - Saturday June 22

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Crosshaven recorded the seventh win of his career after closing late to land the Country Achiever Shane Fliedner (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Crosshaven bursts clear of his rivals to win at Flemington. Photo: Bruno Cannatelli

The son of Smart Missile was patiently handled by Luke Currie before navigating a path closest to the fence, scoring his first win since his triumph in the Gr.3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1400m) back in November 2022.

With the rail out 11 metres and the fresher ground out wide, Crosshaven defied his inside draw to score at odds of $17.


The Karaka graduate has now advanced his career earnings to A$1,118,103, with the Lindsay Park team showing their training nous to help the six-year-old gelding get back to the winner’s circle.

“Ben (Hayes) said he gave him a jump this morning and got his mind on the job,” Currie said.

“He jumped okay, and I was happy to just let that speed go, thinking that everything would come out (towards the outside fence).

“I just held him up until the furlong and then he found clear air and he burst through and was strong.

“If you end up going back to the inside, there is plenty of room there and I thought the track is a bit more even than it looks like it is racing but he has done a good job to go back to the inside and win from there.”

Bred by Auckland-based Daniel Nakhle, the five-year-old gelding is one of five winners from as many to race out the Group Two winner Irish Colleen, who Nakhle had purchased for just $8,500 at the 2005 NZB National Weanling Sale and enjoyed racing with father Elias.

Crosshaven is closely related to Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner Crocetti, who is out of his O’Reilly half-sister Gracehill.

An $80,000 yearling graduate of Haunui Farm’s 2019 Karaka Book 1 draft, Crosshaven was initially passed in before selling to Lindsay Park with Nakhle retaining a share.

Now the winner of seven of his 44 starts, Crosshaven has also been placed on nine occasions. – NZ Racing Desk



Race Result - 2024 Country Achiever Shane Fliedner Qlty 1100m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:03.18
- 6g Smart Missile (AUS) x Irish Colleen (NZ) (Shinko King (IRE))
Tnr: Ben, Will & Jd Hayes Rdr: L Currie 56
NZB Karaka Book 1 $80,000
Seller: Haunui Farm
Buyer: Lindsay Park Racing
Veloce Carro
- 4g Nicconi (AUS) x Pollywagon (AUS) (Duporth (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: Jye McNeil 54
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $100,000
Seller: Gooree Park Stud, Mudgee, NSW
Buyer: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock
- 6g Zoustar (AUS) x Vanilla Ice Cream (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: Nick Ryan Rdr: M J Dee 54
Inglis February (Early) Online Sale $70,000
Seller: Malua Racing (as agent)
Buyer: Nick Ryan Racing
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
Seller: Westbury Stud Ltd Karaka NZ
Buyer: Flemington Bloodstock/Malua Racing
- 5g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Melpomene (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Tnr: S V Brown Rdr: Tatum Bull 54
Extremely Lucky
- 5g Extreme Choice (AUS) x Tamarind Lane (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Tnr: W Clarken & N O'Shea Rdr: B Shinn 57
Who Dares
- 4g Deep Field (AUS) x Orvassa (AUS) (Equiano (FR))
Tnr: Pat Carey & Harris Walker Rdr: Patrick Moloney 58.5
Along The River
- 5g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Kulgrinda (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: M & L Cerchi Rdr: J Ford 54
Ashford Street
- 6g Moshe (AUS) x Magic By Gosh (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
Tnr: Tom Dabernig Rdr: Teodore Nugent 60
- 4g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Scandiva (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Jones Rdr: C Newitt 54
- 5g Headwater (AUS) x Flippity Lass (AUS) (Dream Ahead (USA))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: Beau Mertens 54
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