Mar 04, 2015
WEDNESDAY: March 3, 2015: TRAINER Kris Lees agrees with market assessors in "selecting" the best of his three-pornged attack on tomorrow's opening Championships Provincial Series heat at Wyong tomorrow.
Lees named former Victorian Selectify (Hugh Bowman) as his pick ahead of stablemates Moss'N Time (Tommy Berry) and Jimmy Says Yes (Brenton Avdulla) in the $100,000 event. It is a Class 5 event over 1350m.
"If he gets the right run, I feel he is definitely the best of our three runners," Lees said today, and also named locally-trained Oxford Poet as the horse to beat.
Selectify is $5 second favorite with TAB.com.au behind Oxford Poet ($3.50 favorite). Jimmy Says Yes is a $15 chance and Moss'N Time is at $51.
"I guess there has to be some doubt about him at 1350m, because he's never been tried at it and had a throat operation before he came to me," Lees added.
"But I feel he will handle it allright."
Selectify won his first three starts since joining the Lees' stable and was an excellent last start second to Darciwood over 1200m at Randwick on February 14.
"It was his first run for seven weeks, so it's only natural to expect he will be fitter tomorrow," Lees said.
Selectify, a four-year-old son of Redoute's Choice, has raced only nine times and won on four occasions.
Lees has put blinkers on AbsolutelyGorgeous, a daughter of his former star mare Absolutelyfabulous, in the Maiden Handicap (1200m) against her own sex.
"She is only small, and I'm hoping the blinkers will help keep her in the game," he said.
Absolutelygorgeous (Christian Reith), has raced only three times and is yet to place. But she has drawn the inside alley tomorrow in a field of 11.
Lees has two last-start winners - Danish Twist and Miss Manage - both running in the Class 1 Handicap (1350m) for fillies and mares.
"I would have preferred not to run them against each other, but they have drawn the two inside barriers," he said.
"Both are coming out of reasonably soft races."
Bowman rides three-year-old Dane Show filly Danish Twist, whilst Reith has the mount on four-year-old Starcraft mare Miss Manage.
Lees' other Wyong acceptor, Outroar, won't run in the Class 2 Handicap (1600m).
Meanwhile, Lees has confirmed Craig Williams booking for Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in Saturday week's $1m Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.
Williams has ridden the former German stayer twice; the latest when sixth to Mourinho in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield last Saturday at his first start for his new trainer.
"We'll take it race by race, but Craig is definitely booked for the Australian Cup," Lees said.