Eliza Park’s Darren Mackereth (left) is one of the most accomplished horse breakers in the world and keeps a very close eye on his ‘graduates’.
On Friday Darren reports that the Luke Wilkinson owned and syndicated, Crossley had his first run in 15 weeks at Moonee Valley, finishing a bold second to Perikon over 1200m after coming from three lengths last on the bend.
Only lightly raced, Crossley has raced on just four occasions including a cruisy win at Seymour last September.
Crossley has been entered for the Group One Australian Guineas at Flemington on 6 March, along with another Mick Price entry and three of Mike Moroneys – all of whom were broken in and pre-trained at Eliza Park.
It could be a very interesting Guineas with Lonhro colt Dissolved (below) – part owned by Eliza Park (and purchased as a stallion prospect) – also among the nominations, as is the unbeaten Bel Esprit filly Black Caviar!
Eliza Park also has a hand in the Newmarket Handicap-G1 to be run on the same day with Peter Moody entering Black Caviar as well, while the exciting King Pulse (broken in and pre-trained at Eliza Park) should give the Moroney camp a very good show as well.
And let’s not forget that this could also be the return to Group One winning form for Horse of the Year, Weekend Hussler, clearly one of Darren’s greatest achievements as a breaker.