Jul 28, 2017
NEWCASTLE: Friday, July 28, 2017: PROMISING youngster Sasso Corbaro is off the spelling paddock after breaking through on the Beaumont track yesterday.
After two nail-biting seconds at her first two starts at Canterbury, the All Too Hard filly won the 2YO Maiden Plate (1150m) as a $1.24 hotpot against only five rivals.
Though delighted to get Sasso Corbaro into the winning list, Lees didn’t hesitate to call a halt to her campaign.
“We won’t continue on with her for now; she is going for a spell,” he said this morning.
“Being a Magic Millions filly, we will aim for the Gold Coast in January (when the MM races are run).
“Only time will tell if we can get her there. She is still immature, and I’m sure she will come back a better filly.”
Winning rider Corey Brown was in a perfect position to comment on Sasso Corbaro’s future.
“I rode Manicure when she just beat Kris’ filly (making her debut) at Canterbury last month,” he said.
“I have a good opinion of Manicure (who scored again at Warwick Farm on July 8), and this filly (Sasso Corbaro) is still immature and can definitely improve.”
Launch Code, an impressive winner at Wyong last Tuesday, is likely to head back to town for his next start.
“I’ve got a couple of options with him,” Lees said. “He will run either at Randwick next Saturday or at Canterbury the following Wednesday.”
Doomben Cup winner Sense Of Occasion will trial at Gosford on Wednesday, as will 2015 Country Championships winner Artlee.
Artlee, a rising seven-year-old who has raced only 16 times, is a recent addition to Lees’ stable and impressed in an 800m trial victory on the Beaumont track on July 18.
Meanwhile, Lees will have two runners at tomorrow’s provincial meeting at Gosford.
Isthmian contests the Benchmark 65 Handicap (1000m), and Bollinger Rose makes her debut in the 3YO Maiden Handicap (1000m). Andrew Gibbons rides the pair.
Isthmian scored first-up at Tamworth on July 10 to post her fourth win from nine starts, and beautifully-bred More Than Ready filly Bollinger Rose has trialled twice recently; the latest when second to triple Group 1 winner Le Romain over 1000m on the Beaumont track on July 18.
“Both horses are definite chances in their respective races,” Lees said.
Lees has reported to stewards that Bollinger Rose had bone chips removed from both front knees in December.
“There’s been no problem since she came back into work, and she did trial nicely here last week,” he said.
“But a number of horses in that trial weren’t pushed out, either.”