Oct 15, 2015
NEWCASTLE: Thursday, October 15, 2015: KRIS Lees has labelled Isthmian a “real little runner” ahead of her debut at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The I Am Invincible filly lines up in the 2YO Plate (1000m), and Jay Ford will ride her.
Isthmian, a member of the Prime Thoroughbreds team, created a good impression when she led throughout to win an 845m Wyong barrier trial on October 6.
She was never put under any pressure andscored by nearly four lengths, but had only three rivals.
“It’s hard to get a line on her because there were only the four horses in the trial,” Lees said this morning.
“But she is a very fast filly; a real little runner.
“I’m sure she will be competitive.”
Isthmian is the first foal of the FusaichiPegasus mare Amber’s Arion, whom Lees also trained.
Amber’s Arion raced only twice – at Scone and Quirindi – before being retired to stud.
In early TAB.com.au betting, Isthmian is a $5.50 third favorite for Saturday’s assignment.
Meanwhile, Lees is looking forward to giving Brook Road her second Melbourne start this spring in Saturday’s $120,000 Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.
The God’s Own mare was responsible for an excellent performance under lightswhen a first-up seventh to Buffering in the $450,000 Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 2.
She drew the outside barrier (13), went back to the tail and finished strongly to be on the placegetters’ heels.
Brook Road (Craig Williams) returns from taking on weight-for-age company to her own sex in a Listed event.
“She has trained on strongly since Moonee Valley,” Lees said. “It does look a really nice race for her.”
Market assessors didn’t miss the Newcastle mare’s Valley performance and have listed her as a $5 favorite in earlyAlinghiassessments.
Provided Brook Road races up to expectations on Saturday, she will remain in Melbourne for a further carnival assignment at Flemington on Oaks day (November 5).