Brilliant Miss An Autumn Casualty

Mar 08, 2018

NEWCASTLE: Thursday, March 8, 2018: TALENTED filly Miss Fabulass unfortunately is an early autumn casualty.

The blueblood youngster by unbeaten English champion Frankel from Kris Lees’ former star mare Samantha Miss, following a brilliant debut performance at Rosehill Gardens just over a week ago, had a temperature spike earlier in the week.

“It lingered and we decided not to take any risks with her, and pull the pin on the autumn,” Lees said this afternoon.

Miss Fabulass came from last on the home turn when narrowly beaten in a 2YO Maiden (1100m) against her own sex at Rosehill yesterday week, and was being prepared for the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) – also for fillies – there on Saturday week.

Victory would have catapulted her into the field for the $3.5m Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at the same track a week later.

“It’s terrible luck of course but I’m confident she will come back after a spell and resume her career,” Lees said.

Whilst Miss Fabulass is sidelined, Lees will trial his triple Group 1 winner Le Romain between races at tomorrow’s Newcastle Newmarket meeting.

Lees had to abort the gelding’s Melbourne spring campaign last year after failing in subsequent Cox Plate runner-up Humidor’s Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 16.

Le Romainhas trialled twice this time in work and at his latest finished third over 1000m at Gosford on February 28.

“He will gallop with a mate tomorrow, and his work will give me a better idea of when to kick off his campaign,” Lees said.

“Le Romain’s autumn target is the All Aged Stakes (a $600,000 1400m Group 1 sprint run at weight-for-age) at Randwick on April 21.”

The classy sprinter-miler finished a close second to Tivaci(now standing at New Zealand’s Waikato Stud) in last year’s All Aged.

Lees has two runners – Sound Proposition (Hugh Bowman) and Artlee (Jason Collett) in tomorrow’s $150,000 Newmarket (1400m) and rates the Group 3 sprint highly.

“It’s a really strong race with chances spread right across the board,” he said.

“Lanciato looks the one to beat, but I’m expecting my pair to run well.

“Sound Proposition looks set for another good campaign and can run a bold race first-up, whilst I feel Artlee can handle the back-up okay.

“He loomed up at Randwick last Saturday at only his second start after a long layoff, and is not off getting back into form.”

Lees had had only a handful of runners in Newcastle’s feature autumn sprint and is yet to win it. He He was placed twice in consecutive years with $26 chances; Slow Pace (3rd to Mecirin 2014) and Scorpio Queen (2nd to Laser Hawk in 2015). Absolutelyfabulous ($9) also ran fourth to Falaise in 2008.

Lees’ other Newcastle representatives are Tawfiq Boy (Josh Parr) and Time Out Of Mind (Glyn Schofield) in the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1200m).

“Tawfiq Boy is very consistent and deserves a breakthrough, and Time Out Of Mind will get back from his awkward draw but will hit the line if the race is run at a decent pace,” he said.

Let’s Get Nauti Gal is being sent to Queensland overnight to run in a 3YO Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday. Michael Cahill has the mount.

“She has drawn the outside barrier in the small field (eight), but has definitely got a chance,” Lees said.

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