Kris Lees stablemates Le Romain and Invincible Gem will trial for a second time before beginning new campaigns. Triple Group 1 winner Le Romain and Invincible Gem, who took giant strides earlier in the season, both were given quiet 845m Open trials on the course proper at Wyong on Wednesday morning.
Le Romain (Mathew Scorse) finished fourth to the pacy Table Two in his heat which was run in 51.95secs (last 600m in 35.75s) on soft ground. Invincible Gem (Aaron Bullock) also finished fourth, to Cultural Man, in her heat in a quicker 50.64s (last 600m in 35.64s).
The pair was among 27 horses to trial for Lees, and stable representative Lucas Miller was on hand to oversee a busy morning: “Le Romain and Invincible Gem weren’t out to do anything flash as it was their first trials this time in work,” Miller said.
“But their respective riders were very happy with how they felt. Both horses will trial again at Newcastle on Tuesday week (July 18)."
Le Romain will resume in the $200,000 Group 2 wfa Missile Stakes (1200m) - the first black type race of the new season – at Royal Randwick on August 5. Connections are keen to secure a spot for him in the 12-horse field for the inaugural running of the $10m The Everest (1200m) at the same track on October 14.
Le Romain has an outstanding Randwick record, having won two of his three Group 1s there – and handles both good and rain-affected ground.
Lees has not yet confirmed a resumption assignment for Invincible Gem, who emerged as one of the most improved three-year-olds in training in the latter part of summer and early autumn. She won three city races in succession, culminating with a runaway victory in the Group 3 NJC Spring Stakes (1600m) run at Randwick in February, and then having victory in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas over the same course (the same race Le Romain won last year) snatched from her by Inference in the shadows of the post on March 4.
Invincible Gem was spelled afterwards, and her spring target is the $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) against her own sex at Rosehill Gardens on September 23 (a race her trainer also won in 2013 with Sharnee Rose).
“Kris didn’t have a target with Invincible Gem last campaign, but she kept raising the bar every time she raced,” Miller said. “She has spelled well and it will be interesting to see how far she progresses this time.”