Aug 01, 2019
NEWCASTLE: Thursday, August 1, 2019: IT’S a decent jump in both distance and class from Taree to Doomben, but Kris Lees didn’t baulk at the challenge with Cerinthe Belle.
The lightly-raced Uncle Mo filly is being sent to Queensland overnight to line up in the 3YO Handicap (1350m) on Saturday, and Larry Cassidy will ride her.
At only her second start, Cerinthe Belle easily won a 2YO Maiden Handicap (1250m) at Taree on July 19, beating Sydney Saturday placegetter and odds-on favorite Oh So Hot.
“She was never going to lose at Taree, and Kris didn’t hesitate to send her north when it looked a skinny race,” stable spokesman Lucas Miller said.
“Obviously, it’s a rise in class going to a Saturday race in Brisbane, but she is a filly who made great improvement from her first start at Muswellbrook.”
Lees has six representatives at the Doomben meeting, and Cassidy will partner four of them.
As well as Cerinthe Belle, he also rides Power Command (1050m Class 6 Handicap), Exdream (1350m Benchmark 70 Handicap) and Guard Of Honour (1200m Handicap).
“Power Command is in good form, and was excellent when placed at Randwick at her last start,” Miller said.
“She scored at Doomben over this distance in March and will be very competitive again.
“Exdream won at Cessnock in June and has raced well at his two subsequent starts in Queensland.
“Jeff Lloyd (now retired) said he was capable of winning a 1400m race in Brisbane on a Saturday, but he has to overcome a tricky draw.
“Guard Of Honour was given 68kg at Coffs Harbour today and Kris understandably preferred the Doomben option with 10.5kg less.
“He was narrowly beaten over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast in a midweek handicap last time, and this is the first occasion he will go to 1200m in 18 months.
“He is giving every indication he will handle it, and has a soft draw.”
Michael Cahill will ride Intrinsic in the Class 3 Plate (1200m), and Ryan Wiggins has the mount on Tawfiq Boy in the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1350m).
“Intrinsic ran a terrific race when a close fourth in the Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton last month; she probably should have won,” Miller said.
“She keeps racing in great heart and is very well placed in this race under the set weights conditions.
“Tawfiq Boy needed the run and just got tired the last bit when placed first-up at the Grafton carnival last month.
“He is a consistent horse who has taken improvement from that run and is nicely drawn. He is sure to race well again.”