Crux wins for James

Crux (Opie Bosson) scoring convincingly at Matamata yesterday.

Crux (Opie Bosson) scoring convincingly at Matamata yesterday.

Roger James doesn’t want to see Crux in his stable much longer despite the three-year-old’s debut win at Matamata yesterday.

That’s not to say the Cambridge trainer doesn’t think much of the Buffalo Man gelding. In fact he believes Crux has a lot of upside, as he showed in the Tokoroa Club 1200 when winning by a length and a half from another debutant, Peaky Blinders.

The fact he jokingly wants to see Crux on his way is that he owns the promising galloper and bought him to sell on.

“I usually buy one most years for myself to get up and hopefully sell on,” said James. “I think the last one I did that with was Big Bounty.”

Big Bounty, a son of Hansome Ransom, won on debut at Avondale in April 2014 for James and was placed in two of his three other starts before being sold to Australian interests for whom he has gone on to further success.

James paid a mere $6000 for Crux when purchasing him from the 2014 Festival Yearling Sales from Northland’s Totara Park Stud.

A true blue product of the sale, being by resident sire Buffalo Man from a Rusty Spur mare, Crux is closely related to Magic Tryst, a winner of seven races and runner-up in the Gr. 3 Highview Stakes at Hastings.

Adding to his bloodlines is his second dam, Focal Point, whose five wins included the Gr. 2 Gasmate Stakes at Te Rapa. Focal Point also finished third in the Gr. 1 Zabeel Classic.

James was attracted to Crux at the sales by his presence. “He was a big horse and would take a bit of time,” said James.

Cruz was given five trials leading into yesterday’s debut and he picked up a third of five at Avondale before winning an Avondale trial by three and a half lengths last December.

Crux was ridden in his Matamata win by Opie Bosson, who was taken by the big fellow. “He’s a good mover and he won it well,” said Bosson.