Feb 13, 2015
NEWCASTLE: Friday, February 13, 2015: TRAINER Kris Lees is chasing further success away from home in two States this weekend.
Lees is relying on a couple of "girls" to collect the cash - at Moonee Valley tonight and Doomben tomorrow.
Pacy mare Malachite runs in the Benchmark 70 Handicap (955m) at the Valley, and Jimmy Says Yes has travelled north to tackle her own sex in the Class 6 Handicap (1200m).
Lees has booked apprentice Thomas Sadler to lessen Malachite's 60.5kg impost by 2kg, whilst senior jockey Michael Cahill has the Jimmy Says Yes mount.
"They both deserve their chances," Lees said last night.
"It will be interesting to see how Malachite shapes up against Melbourne opposition. She is very quick.
"She went to Melbourne last week and has settled in well."
Malachite accompanied stablemates Moment Of Music and Sommernachtstraum, who both raced in Melbourne last weekend. The latter was subsequently sold after finishing third over 3000m at Moonee Valley last Friday night.
Malachite, a four-year-old by former smart Melbourne sprinter Magnus, has won three of her five starts since joining Lees' stable last year. Importantly, those wins were all over the 900m at Broadmeadow - by an aggregate margin of more than eight lengths.
Jimmy Says Yes, also a four-year-old (by Excites), has won four of her 10 starts to date, including three on end last preparation.
She showed tenacity to score over 1100m at Randwick on New Year's Day, then wasn't disgraced when fourth to Countryman over 1300m at Warwick Farm on January 21.
"This looks a very suitable race for her, especially against fillies and mares," Lees said.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist is scheduled to gallop between races at Broadmeadow on Thursday and then be sent to Melbourne a couple of days later.
He will resume in the Group 2 $200,000 wfa Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 28, with Craig Williams his rider.
Protectionist's Melbourne return will influence connections whether to keep him in Melbourne for the $1m Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 14, or bring him home and look toward the Sydney autumn carnival.