Oct 30, 2015
NEWCASTLE: Friday, October 30, 2015: GIVE last start beaten favorites Bachelor Heir and Magic Of Dreams another chance at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow.
That’s the message this morning from trainer Kris Lees.
Bachelor Heir runs in the Benchmark 72 Handicap (1200m) for three-year-olds, whilst Magic Of Dreams contests the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1200m) for fillies and mares.
The former was beaten at Randwick last time out on October 10 after an impressive victory on his home track at Broadmeadow, whilst Magic Of Dreams travelled interstate and went under narrowly as an odds-on fancy at Doomben on the same day.
Lees has dropped Bachelor Heir back in distance and made an important gear change as he strives to get him back into winning vein.
Plus Jay Ford, his winning rider at Broadmeadow on September 19, is back in the saddle.
Singapore-based Corey Brown rode Bachelor Heir when he faded to finish eighth to Cana in a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1400m) at Randwick at his latest appearance.
“He missed the start, and then over-raced,” Lees said.
“I’ve taken the blinkers off him, and dropped him back 200m. We’ll ride him a bit more conservatively tomorrow.
“He has pleased me with his work, and is definitely worth another chance.”
Bachelor Heir has raced only four times for two wins and is a young horse with potential.
Magic Of Dreams (Tim Clark), who won the Newcastle heat of The Championships Provincial Series in March, was expected to add to her record at Doomben on October 10 in a No Metropolitan Win event.
However, nothing really went right for her and she was narrowly beaten by Star Drop as a $1.50 hotpot.
“She didn’t jump cleanly, and then couldn’t get a clear run at the right time,” Lees said.
“I’m very happy with how she has progressed since returning home. If she can get a bit of luck from the barrier (nine), I’m sure she will run well.”
Stablemate Rustic Melody resumes against Magic Of Dreams, and Lees has another Queensland campaign in mind for her.
Rustic Melody was rested after finishing fifth to runaway Cox Plate victor Winx in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben on May 30.
She had also finished fourth to Melbourne Cup hope Gust Of Wind in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick in April on a soft surface.
“I purposely gave her a good break after her Sydney and Brisbane campaigns,” Lees said.
“Her goal this preparation is the Magic Millions Stayers’ Cup (1800m) at the Gold Coast in January.
Lees has only one representative, Shining Brooke (Robert Thompson), when the first meeting is held on the inner Beaumont track at Broadmeadow tomorrow.
She runs in the Class 1 Handicap (1100m) for fillies and mares, which has attracted only six runners.
“Shining Brooke is limited, but it looks a plain race so she has to be a chance,” Lees said.