TWO years ago Lex Crosby picked up one of the highlights of his career as an owner-breeder when Read About Lexy won the Gold Bracelet final.
Now he wants another.
Crosby has his fingers crossed that Im With Lexy can win her 2,260 metres Gold Bracelet heat at the Bathurst Paceway on Monday and qualify for the $50,000 final.
Once more Georges Plains trainer-driver Bernie Hewitt, the man who guided Read About Lexy to 11 wins from 22 starts, has been given the job.
No doubt when he goes from a tricky barrier eight draw with the half-sister of Read About Lexy, he will be keen to give himself a shot at another Gold Bracelet final as well.
“I think that was Bernie's first major success in the carnival when Read About Lexy won the bracelet. She went on to to become New South Wales three-year-old of the year that year as well,” Crosby said.
"She was a beautiful little horse. She was only little, but everyone loved her because she tried so hard.”
As a two-year-old Im With Lexy qualified for the Gold Tiara final where she managed eighth. She went on to place third in the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge and nabbed a second placing at Group 2 level.
This season she has produced some handy runs as well.
"She ran third in the Raith Memorial this year ... then she won the Star Maker series at Tamworth a few weeks ago,” Crosby said. "It's just exciting to have a horse in it. I had a couple of two-year-olds but they didn't make it.”