Jun 08, 2017
NEWCASTLE: Thursday, June 8, 2017: KRIS Lees says “the last 100m” of Saturday’s June Stakes at Royal Randwick will be Felines’ biggest test.
The talented mare has 59kg topweight in the $150,000 Listed sprint to be run over 1100m as she strives to snare the 10th win of her career.
“She likes Randwick and has won four races there,” Lees said this afternoon.
“But all have been at 1000m.
“That extra 100m, especially with her weight, is going to be her biggest test.
“She is becoming a hard mare to place now, but I have no option but to run her.”
Lees contemplated sending Felines to Brisbane last Saturday for the Lightning Handicap (1050m), where she had 60kg topweight, but kept her at home for the June Stakes. Josh Parr has the mount.
Felines, with both soft and heavy track wins to her credit, has been a wonderful performer for her trainer and owner Gerry Harvey. Aside from her nine victories, she has been placed on eight occasions from 29 starts.
She held on gamely under 57kg to win the Hawkesbury Rush (1100m) at the stand alone meeting on April 29, and then finished fifth (with 58.5kg) to Quatronic in the Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone a fortnight later.
There is nothing wrong with that form as runner-up Deploy subsequently won the Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.
Lees also runs Knit ‘N’ Purl and Star Reflection in the Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) at the Randwick meeting, and both are accomplished wet track performers.
Apprentice Rachel King, successful for Lees on Just Dreaming at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday, has been booked for Knit ‘N’ Purl.
Lees is yet to secure a rider for Star Reflection.
He feels Knit ‘N’ Purl is best at 1200m, hence dropping her back from her latest sixth to Dagny over 1400m at Rosehill Gardens on May 20.
Previously, she didn’t have the best of luck a fortnight earlier in the straight when a close third at the same track over 1200m.
Star Reflection also is in good form. She was just beaten by Military Machine over 1200m at Randwick on Anzac Day before an excellent third to Exitozo in the Country Cup (1400m) at the Scone carnival on May 12.
Randwick this afternoon was rated a “Heavy 9”. The rail is 3m out for the entire circumference.
Lees is uncertain which meeting – Hawkesbury on Sunday or Warwick Farm on Monday – will be The World Over’s next assignment, with weather to be a determining factor.
Tye Angland has been booked for the 1800m Maiden Plate at Hawkesbury, whilst Glyn Schofield has been declared for a similar race over 1600m at Warwick Farm.
The World Over has been placed at all three starts this preparation, and is bursting to break through.
Hawkesbury this afternoon was a “Heavy 10” and Warwick Farm a marginally better “Heavy 9”.