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Blinkers Back On Onemorezeta

Blinkers Back On Onemorezeta

Nov 10, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, November 10, 2016: KRIS Lees has lost half his “double act” for his Melbourne spring carnival wind-up at Sandown on Saturday – and has resorted to blinkers for his remaining hope Onemorezeta.The carnival’s leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy will ride ...

Former Queenslander Debuts For His New Stable

Former Queenslander Debuts For His New Stable

Nov 10, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, November 10, 2016: THEY were a winning partnership at Port Macquarie today, but Kris Lees is hoping the boot will be on the other foot at Newcastle on Sunday.He will start Queensland-owned I’m Hector, a new addition to the stable, in the Robert Thompson ...

Stablemates To Stay For Sandown

Stablemates To Stay For Sandown

Nov 03, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, November 3, 2016: IT’S not often a trainer hopes for a wide draw for one of his horses.But such will be the case with Melbourne Cup day disappointment Onemorezeta at Sandown on Saturday week.Both Onemorezeta and stablemate Felines will stay on in Melbourne ...

Blinkers For High Opinion At Canterbury

Blinkers For High Opinion At Canterbury

Nov 03, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, November 3, 2016: KRIS Lees has opted for blinkers on High Opinion at his third run since joining the stable, at Canterbury on Saturday.With no runners on the final day of the Flemington carnival, Lees will be represented by High Opinion and recent ...

Lucia Valentina Retired To Stud

Lucia Valentina Retired To Stud

Nov 01, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Tuesday, November 1, 2016: LUCIA Valentina has run her last race and will begin a new career at stud immediately.Confirming her retirement this morning, Kris Lees announced Lucia Valentina will be mated with champion Australian stallion Fastnet Rock at Coolmore Stud ...

Le Romain Gives Kris His 11th Group 1 Success

Le Romain Gives Kris His 11th Group 1 Success

Oct 30, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Sunday, October 30, 2016: KRIS Lees celebrated his 11th Group 1 success in Melbourne last night, and immediately set his sights on another with Le Romain in the autumn.In confirming the brilliant four-year-old has concluded his spring campaign, Lees said he would be ...

"Softer" Draw Suits Upscale

Oct 27, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 27, 2016: A “softer draw” has swayed Kris Lees’ hand with promising mare Upscale at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.Lees, back in Melbourne to saddle three runners at Flemington on Saturday, accepted with Upscale in two races – the Benchmark 82 ...

Kris Chasing Flemington Group 1 Double

Kris Chasing Flemington Group 1 Double

Oct 27, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 27, 2016: KRIS Lees has his sights on a Group 1 double at Saturday’s opening of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington.And he is confident both his representatives provide him with a great chance of achieving the feat.With 10 Group 1s so ...

"Lucia"Chasing More Flemington Glory

Oct 24, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Monday, October 24, 2016: LUCIA Valentina will be given another opportunity for more Melbourne spring glory on the final of the four-day Flemington carnival.Kris Lees this morning confirmed Lucia Valentina will line up in Saturday week’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes ...

Pace The Key To Lucia's Plate Chances

Pace The Key To Lucia's Plate Chances

Oct 20, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 20, 2016: The tempo – or apparent lack of it – will be crucial to Lucia Valentina’s chances in Saturday’s $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.So says her trainer Kris Lees, who is convinced his classy mare is “in the same form” as when ...

Twist Tops Off To Melbourne

Twist Tops Off To Melbourne

Oct 20, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 20, 2016: KRIS Lees is hoping to “do a Onemorezeta” with Twist Tops at Flemington’s Melbourne Cup carnival.Lees today confirmed last season’s Inglis Classic winner will be added to his Melbourne team to contest the same race Onemorezeta ...

"Lucia" To Start From Nine In Cox Plate

Oct 18, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Tuesday, October 18, 2016: KRIS Lees was left with no alternative this morning but to draw the second outside barrier for Lucia Valentina in Saturday’s $3m Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.Lucia Valentina jumps from gate nine in a field of 10 in the 2040m Group 1 ...

"Lucia" Heads To Quieter Sandown

Oct 17, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Monday, October 17, 2016: LUCIA Valentina will skip tomorrow’s busy “Breakfast With The Stars” session at Moonee Valley, and instead gallop in quieter surrounds at Sandown.Kris Lees flew to Melbourne this morning, and decided his $3m Cox Plate hope did not need ...

Moreira's

Moreira's "Magic" For Danish Twist

Oct 17, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Monday, October 17, 2016: JOAO Moreira will ride Danish Twist when she chases a Group 1 triumph at Flemington on Saturday week.Kris Lees this evening confirmed the Brazilian ace’s booking for the mare in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), run under ...

Colt's Test For Coolmore Tilt

Colt's Test For Coolmore Tilt

Oct 14, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 13, 2016: TALENTED young sprinter Guard Of Honour will need to convince Kris Lees at Royal Randwick on Saturday that he is ready for a shot at Melbourne spring carnival Group 1 glory.Guard Of Honour, with new rider Christian Reith aboard, contests ...

"Lucia" At The Valley - No Sweat

Oct 13, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 13, 2016: SUCH was Lucia Valentina’s first “feel” of Moonee Valley today that it may be her only look at the track before Saturday week’s $3m Group 1 Cox Plate.Kris Lees was so pleased with how his classy mare shaped in a special workout this ...

Academy Running At Randwick

Academy Running At Randwick

Oct 06, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 6, 2016: IT’S Royal Randwick and not Port Macquarie for Olympic Academy.Kris Lees this afternoon withdrew the Taree Cup winner from tomorrow’s $100,000 Port Macquarie Cup (2000m) to run over a similar distance in Saturday’s Benchmark 83 ...

McEvoy Booked For Lucia Valentina In Cox Plate

McEvoy Booked For Lucia Valentina In Cox Plate

Oct 06, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 6, 2016: KERRIN McEvoy will ride Lucia Valentina in the $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.Kris Lees confirmed the booking this morning after learning that Damien Oliver – who won the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal ...

Kris & Corey Chasing Another Metrop

Kris & Corey Chasing Another Metrop

Sep 29, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, September 29, 2016: IT’S been 12 years since jockey Corey Brown provided Kris Lees with a Group 1 breakthrough.And the trainer is hoping the now Singapore-based Brown can land him another feature in that very same race – the $750,000 The Metropolitan ...

Le Romain

Le Romain "Overs" For Epsom

Sep 29, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, September 29, 2016: KRIS Lees is convinced market assessors have "forgotten" his Epsom Handicap contender Le Romain at Royal Randwick on Saturday."I feel he is big overs," Lees said today of the four-year-old’s current double-figure quote for the Group 1 ...

Stablemates Likely To Stay In Sydney This Weekend

Stablemates Likely To Stay In Sydney This Weekend

Sep 26, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Monday, September 26, 2016: STABLEMATES Guard Of Honour and Danish Twist are likely to stay at home for Randwick engagements on Saturday rather than venture south.And Kris Lees has also canned thoughts of running Felines against star sprinters Chautauqua and Buffering ...

Lucia Ready For Underwood - But Not Yet At Peak

Lucia Ready For Underwood - But Not Yet At Peak

Sep 22, 2016

THURSDAY: September 22, 2016: KRIS Lees is confident Lucia Valentina will run “really well” at Caulfield on Saturday, but warns she is still not yet at her peak.The quality mare opens a new Melbourne campaign in the $500,000 Group 1 wfa Underwood Stakes (1800m) – a race ...

Bowman Back On Le Romain For Epsom

Bowman Back On Le Romain For Epsom

Sep 22, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, September 22, 2016: HUGH Bowman will be reunited with Le Romain in Saturday week’s $1m Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick.Kris Lees confirmed the booking today following the release of weights for the 1600m feature.Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain ...

Lucia Rounds Off Underwood Prep At Caulfield

Lucia Rounds Off Underwood Prep At Caulfield

Sep 20, 2016

NEWCASTLE: Tuesday, September 20, 2016: KRIS Lees is satisfied Cox Plate contender Lucia Valentina is ready to begin a new Melbourne campaign in Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.The classy mare arrived by float from Newcastle on Sunday morning, ...