Mar 11, 2015
NEWCASTLE: Wednesday, March 11, 2015: TRAINER Kris Lees is not resting solely on qualifying Selectify for the inaugural Provincial Championship Final at Randwick next month.
He will have two runners - Parraay (Tye Angland) and Electric Power (Jim Cassidy) in Friday's qualifier at Kembla Grange. And he is looking to have another two representatives - Magic Of Dreams and Jimmy Says Yes - in next Wednesday's Newcastle qualifier at the Newmarket meeting.
However, at this stage, Lees says he is unlikely to have a runner in the Group 3 Newmarket (1400m) at Broadmeadow.
Selectify qualified for the $300,000 Provincial Championship Final (1400m) at Randwick on April 11 by finishing second to Sure And Fast in the opening 1350m heat at Wyong last Thursday. But his trainer is leaning toward a 1200m start rather than the Newmarket as his warm-up for the April 11 assignment.
"The Sebring Stakes at Rosehill at the end of the month looks a nice race him," Lees said today.
"The Provincial Championship Final is then a fortnight later."
Lees feels Parraay is clearly the pick of his two runners in Kembla's $100,000 Championship qualifier on Friday.
"We have set her for a crack at the Provincial Championship," he said.
"I thought she ran well first-up over an unsuitable distance at Canterbury, and is looking for 1400m.
"She definitely looks the best of my two. Electric Power went ordinary last time and I'm just hoping she can turn it around."
Parraay, a four-year-old mare by Excites, has a 50 per cent win record, having scored at four of her eight starts. She ran seventh to Grand Condor in a Benchmark 75 Handicap (1100m) when resuming at the Canterbury night meeting on February 20.
Electric Power, also a four-year-old mare (by Mossman) finished last of 11 runners behind Artlee in a Class 4 (1300m) at Scone on February 23.