May 26, 2017
NEWCASTLE: Friday, May 26, 2017: IF you can’t beat them, then join them!
Kris Lees not only won last Saturday’s Group 1 Doomben Cup with Sense Of Occasion, but has now taken over the training of one of the gelding’s beaten rivals.
Connections of New Zealand five-year-old Sound Proposition have decided to transfer him to Lees, and he has arrived at his Broadmeadow base.
Sound Proposition (Opie Bosson) started at $51 when 10th to Sense Of Occasion at Doomben at his Australian debut when under the care of Kiwi co-trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott. Stewards subsequently reported he was suffering from mild heat stress.
Sound Proposition has won four of his 17 starts in New Zealand – all at 1600m – and last year won the Group 1 Easter Stakes at Ellerslie.
Sound Proposition also finished fifth in this year’s renewal (as a Group 2) in April, and beforehand ran third in the Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie in March.
“I haven’t trained for the gelding’s owners previously, but they decided to leave the horse in Australia,” Lees said today.
“I’m feeling my way with him, but we need to find firm tracks for him. Apparently he does not handle the wet (as was the case at Doomben last Saturday).
“At this stage, I’m undecided where I will run him next. There is a possibility he could go back to Queensland.”
Sound Proposition is a son of Savabeel, who also sired Lees’ now retired quality mare Lucia Valentina.
Meanwhile, Danish Twist is Brisbane bound for another crack at the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 24.
She will contest next Saturday’s $175,000 Moreton Cup (1300m) at the same track en route to the Tiara three weeks later.
Danish Twist, who has won eight of her 26 starts and $828,000 in prizemoney, finished eighth in last year’s Tatts’ Tiara, which is run at weight-for-age for fillies and mares.
She ran a splendid third in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens in March, and hasn’t raced since early April.
Lees confirmed a Queensland trip following the mare’s second in a 1000m Wyong barrier trial last Monday. She won an 800m trial on her home track on May 10.
“Danish Twist was at the end of a long preparation when she ran in the Tiara last year, and drew the inside on a track which that day favoured horses well away from the fence,” Lees said.
“She has freshened up nicely, and next weekend’s race will bring her on for this year’s Tiara.”
Lees has three runners at tomorrow’s home track meeting, and feels Chilly Cha Cha (Andrew Gibbons) may be his best chance.
The Mastercraftsman filly debuts in the 2YO Maiden Plate (1300m) following two recent trials.
“She is a nice filly, and undoubtedly is going to be better next season,” he said.
Lees also runs Yarrapower (Gibbons) in the Class 1 Handicap (1200m) and Munjai (apprentice Louise Day) in the Benchmark 65 Handicap (1400m).