Crosby wants to Read About a win

April 24th, 2020

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FINGERS CROSSED: Bernie Hewitt drives Read About Lexy to victory in the Bathurst Gold Tiara Gold Consolation earlier this year. Tomorrow he will guide the two-year-old filly in the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge final. 032914crown10PACING

IT was poetic that Lex Crosby’s two-year-old filly Read About Lexy drew barrier eight in tomorrow’s Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle Park.

The daughter of Sportswriter is from a family that is now into its eighth generation with the Crosbys and a win tomorrow would be a very emotional one considering the history attached to the breed.

“It would be a big day for the whole family if Read About Lexy could win on Sunday afternoon. My father started it all back in 1955 when he bought Winsome Like in foal to Conflagrate and the resultant foal was Rapid Flow,” Crosby said.

“Rapid Flow fell over at a Fairfield gymkhana with my brother Russell driving and neither of them ever competed again, but Dad continued to breed from the family.”

After the passing of Crosby’s parents, he made the decision to continue breeding from the mares withinthe family.

“Rapid Flow produced Flowing In and she in turn had Big Sister and after both Mum and Dad had passed away, I told the family that I wanted to keep Big Sister and continue the family which I have done,” Crosby said.

“Big Sister produced Aunty Alice, then Lexy Lobell came along, she had Lexys Laughing and she is the mother of Read About Lexy.”

Read About Lexy is a member of trainer-driver Bernie Hewitt’s Georges Plains team and has draw barrier eight for tomorrow’s Group 1 final.

The filly has never finished out of the placings for Hewitt, her eight starts to date also including three victories.

While missing out on the final of Bathurst Gold Tiara series earlier this year after a third placing in her heat, she hit back to take out the Gold Consolation.

She won her Breeders Crown heat by a head over the filly that did win the 2014 Gold Tiara – Make Every Scents – and booked her place in tomorrow’s $125,000 final with a third in her semi-final.

That semi-final saw Make Every Scents and Sally Fletcher dead-heat for first in a 1:56.1 mile rate and that pair loom as major threats to Hewitt and Crosby’s chances.

Still, there will be plenty of supporters track side trying to cheer on Read About Lexy to victory.

When Crosby was born he was the youngest of 10 and there are plenty of his family members that will be interested in tomorrow’s result.

“Read About Lexy will have a cheer squad of about 10 people trackside on Sunday afternoon, but there will be a much bigger contingent tuning into watch or listen to her race because of the family connection,” Crosby said.

Crosby is the president of the popular country harness racing club at Eugowra and also trains thoroughbreds. After growing up in Sydney, he made the move to Cowra in 1974 and has enjoyed the country lifestyle since.

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