Sep 05, 2017
NEWCASTLE: Tuesday, September 5, 2017: KRIS Lees is putting together a formidable team for feature races at Friday week’s Newcastle Cup carnival.
Lees will run smart New Zealander Sound Proposition in the $150,000 Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) and perhaps also classy mare Invincible Gem, whilst he could have up to four representatives in the $175,000 Group 3 Gold Cup (2300m).
If last year’s Spring Stakes winner Invincible Gem doesn’t run in the Cameron, she will tackle her own sex in the $150,000 Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) on the same program.
Lees has confirmed Blake Shinn as the Cameron rider for Sound Proposition, who is unbeaten from two Royal Randwick starts since joining his yard.
Shinn partnered the gelding in a special exhibition gallop on the Broadmeadow course proper between races run on the Beaumont (inside) track this afternoon.
Lees, who won the 2009 Cameron with Absolutelyfabulous, has freshened Sound Proposition for Newcastle’s premier spring sprint; having not started the six-year-old since he scored over 1800m at Randwick on July 22.
“He’s going along nicely,” Lees said this afternoon. “He had a 1000m trial at Gosford last Friday week, and the Cameron looks a suitable race for him at this stage of his preparation.
“Blake got a feel of him on the course proper today and was happy with him.”
Sound Proposition has been entered for the $1m Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on September 30 and $3.15m Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 21.
Invincible Gem is also Epsom bound, and has pleased her trainer since her luckless third to Happy Clapper in last Saturday’s Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
“I’m not definite yet which race she will run in (Cameron or Tibbie) on Friday week, and then it’s another fortnight to the Epsom,” Lees said.
Lees has entered six horses for the Epsom. Apart from Sound Proposition and Invincible Gem, his other nominations are Group 1 winners Le Romain and Sense Of Occasion, along with Double Dream and Skylight Glow.
He has nominated four horses (Admiral Jello, Doukhan, Singing and Wahng Wah) for the $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on the same program as the Epsom – and there is a possibility all could run in the Newcastle Cup.
“At this stage, I will probably enter all four for the Cup, and have a look at the nominations,” Lees said.
Lees is yet to win his hometown Cup, although he has managed a number of placings.
Wahng Wah and Admiral Jello were both placed at Randwick last Saturday over 2000m, whilst Singing resumed and made the running when a creditable fifth in last Friday’s Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m).