Dick Karreman Wins his Local Cup

'Crossthestart', winner of the 2010 Brisbane Cup with her handler
'Crossthestart', winner of the 2010 Brisbane Cup with her handler

Crossthestart(Cape Cross- Startling Lady) became the 81st New Zealand bred stakes winner in Australia this season, when winning the 2010 Brisbane Cup (Group 2)..

That result is three better than last season and is equal with the decade-best result achieved during the 2000-2001 season and with more black type still up for grabs as the Queensland Carnival winds down. Crossthestart is raced by Queenslander Dick Karreman and is trained for him by his good friend ex-pat kiwi Bevan Laming and his son Richard. In fact the New Zealand thoroughbred industry is indebted to Laming for introducing Karreman to both racing and our bloodstock. Laming left his Riccarton training base in the late 80's and set up a training establishment at Jacobs Well approximately half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. A few years later he began mining sand on his property and sought the advice of a local crushing and transport contractor Dick Karreman on how best to mine and move the sand. A successful business relationship developed between the two gentlemen and soon morphed into a friendship. In the late 90's Laming suggested it was time for Karreman to invest in a racehorse. He happened to have a couple of yearlings available and suggested that Karreman choose one – legend has it that he chose "the bay one" and shortly after received a bill for $70,000. That "bay one" was a filly by Mukaddamah- out of Ann Juliet (Bletchingly-Torn Monarch) and was named I Am A Ripper. She was two and went on to win the Group Two MVRC Champagne Stakes, the VATC Angus Armanasco Stakes, the listed QTC Douglas Wadley Handicap and over $500,000 in stakes. With an introduction to racing like that Karreman was converted and he started travelling to the yearling sales at Karaka each year with Laming. The pair of them stayed with another mate of Laming's Rick Williams who was managing The Oaks Stud for Terry Jarvis. "The first time Dick drove up the driveway at The Oaks he was so impressed with the farm that he said to Bevan – Wow one day I am going to own this farm and that is how it turned out," recalled The Oaks General Manager Rick Williams. "When Terry decided to sell out, bloodstock and all, I approached Dick and in August 2002 he became the owner of The Oaks." In November that year a plain brown filly with bad legs was born by Cape Cross out of Just Cruising and she became the phenomenal race mare Seachange and Dick Karreman and The Oaks stud became a part of New Zealand Racing folklore. Since Karreman's purchase of The Oaks it has expanded from the original 200 acres to 550 acres, and home now to 100 broodmares instead of the 42 that were purchased in August 2002. As well they now stand six stallions including Sakhee's Secret, Darci Bramha, Spartacus, Bachelor Duke, Keenisky and for the first time this season Roc de Cambes. Racing in the famous white colours with the royal blue band, and cap with a white pompom made famous by Seachange is a large racing team with various trainers on both sides of the Tasman. And add to that a host of championship titles earned by both Seachange and Karreman Bloodstock including Mercedes Owner of the Year and Horse of the Year 2006/07 and 2007/08, as well as Seachange winning the Peoples Choice Award. Rick Williams was a fan of Cape Cross and he had sent a couple of mares to that stallion when he commenced stud duties in New Zealand in 2000. One of those mares was a Gold and Ivory mare that Terry Jarvis had raced with limited success named Startling Lady. "Startling Lady had left some nice foals, and she had a nice pedigree tracing back to the family of Subzero and a host of other black type winners. She left a nice two-year-old by Volksraad called Traffic Stopper, who won on debut and then raced in the Sires Produce at Ellerslie where she finished fifth. Unfortunately though she was injured in that race and that was the end of her.

"The first mating with Cape Cross produced a useful filly named Teen A Te she won in Brisbane at two and is now in our broodmare band, and has been to Traditionally twice and Bachelor Duke twice as well. The next Cape Cross mating produced Striking Point also a winner, and then she went to Keeper and back to Cape Cross. "When it came to yearling sale time Crossthestart missed the cut for the select sale so we decided to keep him. The Keeper colt who was a year older, went on to be Bouncer a winner of four races in Hong Kong. Startling Lady was the only foal of her dam Mascaro (Bletchingly-Wiley Trade) who was a half sister to the Melbourne Cup winner Subzero, and that lightened the pedigree. However she did leave half a dozen winners. "Startling Lady's last foal for us, before we sold her is by Viking Ruler and we have retained her for the broodmare band as well. She is a three-year-old now and races as Innocent Lady. "We had hopes of getting her to the Oaks this season but ran out of time, she had six starts for four seconds, but we have put her aside and she will make a nice race mare next season. "It was a great win by Crossthestart and I think he will make a terrific weight-for-age horse next spring, however that is only my opinion, all going well though hopefully he will add to the stakes winning tally in Australia next season," concluded Williams.

- Michelle Saba


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