Jan 19, 2018
NEWCASTLE: Friday, January 19, 2018: SINGING’S impressive Gosford Gold Cup victory yesterday has Kris Lees contemplating loftier goals for the rejuvenated stallion.
Singing ($2.90 favorite) clinched a hat-trick by leading most of the way in the Listed $150,000 Cup (2100m), following successive wins at Doomben in December.
In the process, he also impressed his new rider Glyn Schofield, who afterwards declared the eight-year-old could win better races.
Singing has come through the Cup really well, and Lees has decided to give him his chance to contest feature races in the autumn.
“He has done a fantastic job over the summer winning these three races, and I won’t run him again for five weeks,” Lees said this morning.
“His next start will be in the Parramatta Cup (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 24.
“If he continues his good form, we could then look at the Ranvet Stakes or perhaps even the Australian Cup in Melbourne.”
Both latter races carry Group 1 status and will be run over 2000m at weight-for-age. The $700,000 Ranvet is scheduled for Rosehill on March 24, and the $1.5m Australian Cup a fortnight earlier at Flemington.
Though an eight-year-old, former French horse Singing has raced only 26 times (11 in Australia) for seven wins.
“He is realising the potential we knew he had when Australian Bloodstock purchased him a few years ago,” Lees said.
“Singing is pain free at present, and as a result it is showing in his form.”
Lees won his second Gosford Cup in four years – and this time there was no doubt about the result.
Whereas Singing romped home by more than three lengths, Lees’ 2015 winner Oriental Lady (another import) finished second to Midsummer Sun and was promoted to first a couple of months later when that horse was disqualified because of a swab irregularity.
Lees’ mare Wahng Wah will conclude her racing career at Canterbury tonight, in the Benchmark 75 Handicap (1550m).
Apprentice Rachel King’s 1.5kg allowance lessens her weight to 59kg.
Wahng Wah, who is in foal, has raced twice since resuming and Lees feels she has a chance of bowing out a winner if she can get the right run.
“She is back from a Benchmark 80 Saturday race in town, and has a soft draw,” Lees said.
His other Canterbury runner is Everard (Brenton Avdulla) in the 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m).
The Sebring filly created a good impression on debut when third to Quackerjack in a 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Royal Randwick on December 30.
She did not earn enough prizemoney to gain a start in last Saturday’s $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast, and her trainer has given her time to get over her first run.
“Everard is a nice filly, and has come up with the inside alley as she did at Randwick,” Lees said. “The 1200m looks as though it will suit her even better and she has a good chance to break through.”