Oct 06, 2017
NEWCASTLE: Friday, October 6, 2017: WELL-BRED filly Progression will make her debut tomorrow – either at home or at Port Macquarie.
Kris Lees has accepted with the All Too Hard three-year-old in the 3YO Maiden Plate (900m) at Newcastle and a similar race over 1010m at the latter track.
“At this stage I’m undecided where she will run, although she has drawn better at Newcastle,” Lees said this morning.
“She is a nice filly and should be hard to beat at whichever venue she starts.”
Progression certainly has the breeding to shine on the racetrack.
Her sire All Too Hard, quickly making a name for himself as a stallion, won seven (including four Group 1s) of his 12 starts.
Progression’s dam Headway was runner-up to Phelan Ready in the 2009 Golden Slipper Stakes at
Rosehill and later in the year won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington.
Lees has prepared the filly, whom Mitchell Bell rides, for her first-up assignment with a Wyong barrier trial (845m) success on September 11.
He has two acceptors in the 1200m Maiden Plate (1200m) at Newcastle – where the rail is 6m out – and has indicated he is likely to start High Power (Mitchell Bell) rather than Heat Haze (Robert Thompson).
High Power, a three-year-old by High Chaparral, is also engaged at Hawkesbury on Sunday in a 1300m Metropolitan & Provincial Maiden Plate (1300m).
“At this stage, I’m leaning toward running him at Newcastle,” Lees said. “He is a nice colt, and I have taken my time with him.”
High Power, who will race in blinkers, trialled twice in May and has been back to the trials on three occasions – the latest when third to Chilly Cha Cha over 1000m on the Beaumont track on September 29 – since returning to work.
Lees’ other Newcastle runner is Clevanicc (Bell) in the Class 2 Handicap (1400m).
“This is harder than his latest fourth at Taree, but he is honest, drops in weight and has a good barrier,” Lees said.
Lees is sending recent debut winners Turnberry and Dreamy Belle to Hawkesbury on Sunday.
Glyn Schofield rides both; Turnberry in the Class 1 Handicap (1400m) for colts, geldings and entires, and Dreamy Belle in the Benchmark 62 Handicap (1000m).
Turnberry won a 1400m Maiden at Scone on September 22, and Dreamy Belle also was successful on the same program, in a 3YO Maiden Plate (900m).
“Both have done well since Scone, and are ready to be tried in provincial company,” Lees said.
“I’m sure they will run well in their respective races.”
English import Wallangarra (TyeAngland) is an acceptor for the 1600m Maiden at Hawkesbury and also the Class 1/Maiden Plate (1812m) at Port Macquarie tomorrow.
“He hit the line strongly at his first run here when third over 1400m at Newcastle last month,” Lees said.
“I’m still tossing up where to run him, but should be suited wherever he goes.”