Dec 06, 2018
NEWCASTLE: Thursday, December 6, 2018: THE familiar Australian Bloodstock colours will get a good airing at Newcastle on Saturday.
Kris Lees has five acceptors – and four of them are raced by the leading syndicator and clients.
However, of those five acceptors, only three may run (and all are Australian Bloodstock horses).
Crowd Surfer, a lightly-raced Redoute’s Choice four-year-old, is scheduled to come back from 1600m to the 1200m of the Maiden Plate for four-year-olds and upwards.
But Lees said this afternoon he is considering bypassing a local assignment in favour of a similar race (1200m Maiden Handicap) at Monday’s Tuncurry TAB fixture.
Crowd Surfer has been placed at two of his three starts, the latest when runner-up over 1600m at Newcastle on November 21.
Lees considers the pacy Designer Maid is the pick of his Newcastle runners.
“She is a fast filly who is ideally suited to the 900m (Class 2 Handicap),” Lees said this afternoon.
Designer Maid has won two of her only three starts. She outpaced her rivals when resuming to easily win a similar race on November 21.
Exdream (900m 3YO Maiden Plate) and Clevanicc (1200m Benchmark 70 Handicap) are the other Australian Bloodstock representatives.
Exdream, a son of Dream Ahead, ran third on debut in a 1000m Maiden at Port Macquarie on November 15.
“He has taken improvement from that run, and will be better for the experience,” Lees said. “He has a chance.”
Clevanicc is resuming, and has won once from three previous first-up assignments.
The Nicconi five-year-old, who has won three and been placed seven times from 17 starts, hasn’t appeared since finishing second (the third consecutive time he had been runner-up) in a 1600m Benchmark 71 Handicap at Newcastle on June 30.
He has trialled once – when fourth over 900m at Newcastle on November 22 – leading into Saturday’s resumption.
“Clevanicc just might need this run, but is a consistent type and isn’t without some chance,” Lees said.
Mimic, Lees’ fifth acceptor and the only one who doesn’t sport Australian Bloodstock silks, isn’t a certain starter in the Class 1 Handicap (1300m) because of a wide draw in the capacity field, which includes six emergencies.
Mimic, a Medaglia D’Oro three-year-old, broke through over 1300m at Scone on November 19 when having only her fourth start.