Feb 09, 2018
NEWCASTLE: Friday, February 9, 2018: FORGET Bold Chance’s first-up defeat at Warwick Farm!
That’s the advice from Kris Lees regarding the lightly-raced gelding’s second run back at Canterbury tonight.
Bold Chance (Blake Shinn) contests the Benchmark 74 Handicap (1100m), and is his sole runner as the night racing season nears an end.
He has withdrawn Kool Vinnie from the Benchmark 73 Handicap (1250m).
Bold Chance was strongly supported on resumption and struck interference near the 900m (this was the incident for which Hugh Bowman was subsequently suspended) at Warwick Farm on January 26, and dropped out to finish 10th to Tswalu.
Previously, Bold Chance had won three of his five starts on country and provincial tracks.
Two scratchings have reduced the field to seven tonight, and the five-year-old will start from the inside barrier.
However, Lees won’t be asking Shinn to rev him up and take full advantage of the draw.
“We’ll ride him more conservatively than at Warwick Farm,” he said this morning.
“I’m sure he can turn his first-up form around.”
Lees has won 87 races (along with 151 placings from 494 starters) so far this season, and is out to increase that with Bold Chance and also Hammoon Dream (Andrew Gibbons) at today’s Walcha Cup meeting.
Hammoon Dream, placed in the $60,000 Queen of the North (1200m) against her own sex at Port Macquarie on January 26, drops from 61kg to 55.5kg against all comers in the 1440m Cup.
“It doesn’t look the strongest Walcha Cup, and hopefully she will get a nice run from a good draw,” Lees said.
Lees has four acceptors at Sunday’s home meeting at Newcastle, but has listed the unraced Chosen Heir as a doubtful runner in the Maiden Plate (1200m).
His definite starters are Tawfiq Boy (1200m Benchmark 62 Handicap), Rebel Cry (900m 3YO Maiden) and All Summer Long (1500m Class 4 Provincial Cup).
Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire, claiming 2kg, rides TawfiqBoy and All Summer Long, and Aaron Bullock has the Rebel Cry mount.
“Tawfiq Boy ran well when resuming at Wyong, and will be suited back on his home track,” Lees said.
“All Summer Long is suited to this type of race, but finding it hard to win again.
“Rebel Cry is a well-bred Street Cry three-year-old having her first start. She is likely to find the 900m too short.”