Jun 02, 2017
NEWCASTLE: Friday, June 2, 2017: BRISBANE has been given the “flick” – albeit temporarily – and instead Kris Lees heads to Rosehill Gardens tomorrow with strong prospects in four races.
Lees has scooped Group 1 victories at the Brisbane carnival on the last two Saturdays with Sense Of Occasion (Doomben Cup) and Clearly Innocent (Kingsford-Smith Cup), but withdrew both his acceptors from tomorrow’s Doomben program.
Danish Twist is an absentee from the Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes (1200m) after receiving a horror draw, and Felines also will miss the Listed Lightning Handicap (1050m).
She is being kept at home and saved for next Saturday’s $150,000 Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Royal Randwick.
Whilst Lees will be heading north again next weekend to saddle favourite Clearly Innocent in the $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben, he is looking forward to taking a strong team to Rosehill.
He originally had five acceptors, but has withdrawn Beretta from the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1400m).
“All four horses look to have good chances in their respective races,” Lees said this morning.
Here is his summation of how he considers they shape up:
INTRINSIC (1200m 2YO Handicap): “Very nice filly by So You Think who scored well on debut at Wyong. She still has a bit to learn, but has plenty of upside and the rails barrier is certainly a bonus. Perhaps the best of our runners.”
WAHNG WAH (1500m Benchmark 78 Handicap): “Has come back to racing really well this preparation with two wins and a placing from her only three starts. Also has a soft draw along with a claim for Rachel King. Hit the line strongly at this track last time and no reason why she won’t figure in the finish again.”
JUST DREAMING (1500m 3YO Benchmark 70 Handicap): “Ran a terrific race at the Scone carnival from a wide draw when not advantaged by the set weights conditions. I scratched her last week because of another ordinary draw and thankfully she has come up with an inside barrier this time. Has trained on strongly and the 2kg allowance also helps her. Should run well.”
DANISH TWIST (1400m Open Handicap): “Would have preferred the 1200m at Doomben, but she drew off the track. Still, it’s only eight weeks since she last raced and has trialled well twice (at home on May 10 and then Wyong 12 days later) for her resumption. This race will top her off nicely for the Tatts Tiara in Brisbane in three weeks, but she is too good a mare to rule out.”
Whilst 2kg claimer Rachel King rides both Wahng Wah and Just Dreaming, senior jockeys Brenton Avdulla (Intrinsic) and Koby Jennings (Danish Twist) have the other mounts.
With nearest rival Hugh Bowman riding at Doomben tomorrow, Avdulla (70.5 wins) has an excellent opportunity to boost his 11.5 win premiership lead as he seeks his first Sydney title.