By Tony Megahey
With a career best recent winning quadrella and regular trebles, the Kris Lees stable is “airborne” and Scone’s TAB meeting on Friday promises to be an appetiser into the main course of several of his most promising gallopers at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
A phenomenal four winners at Newcastle three weeks ago equalled his training best after a Taree treble, as Lees assessed six of his lesser tiered runners at Scone to be ridden by in form stable jockeys Aaron Bullock and Andrew Gibbons.
Promising three-race winning mare Not Surprising is primed to resume and has the most compelling form lines of the day for Lees. She was competitive last preparation in a stronger grade at Canterbury Park and in a Gold Coast feature Cup. She resumes in a Ribchester New to Darley BM 65 (1100m).
“From the soft draw she should get the right run, she’s performed fresh, and had had the two trials coming in,” Lees assessed.
Not Surprising carries 58kg for Bullock and will start favourite. Lees has maidens Funky Farm and Ivory Jane at value odds in a Segenhoe Stud Maiden (1300m).
“Funky Farm likely will be better over further but he’s shown us enough in two trials to sprint well fresh from the good draw,” Lees said. “We don’t mind what Ivory Jane has shown us so far, she’s an improver but she’s drawn out.”
Faustina contests the Congratulations Baumann’s Cressfield Maiden (1600m).
“She worked home really strongly to place at “Port”; she’s a well bred filly with upside and again with the ideal draw in a suitable race,” Lees said.
Consistent filly Excelamour contests a Caravaggio Coolmore Class 3 (1300m).
“She’s suited dropping back significantly in grade, her form has been okay this time in and she’s fitter for racing,” Lees said.
Excelamour finished mid-field in the Listed Inglis Guineas won by talented Moss Trip and is way back in class. In the final event, a Hellbent Yarraman Park Class One (1400m), the stable is represented by promising filly Winter Sonata.
“She’s a nice filly, she was really dominant winning a maiden at Taree, but she’ll need all the luck drawn wide out,” Lees said.
Brett Cavanough also has several strong contenders while the jockeys to follow are Greg Ryan off a winning treble at Dubbo on Monday and Jeff Penza who rode a double at Goulburn on Sunday.
Meanwhile at Rosehill Gardens Lees will have a strong following with Brabinger and Chalmers who were highly impressive winning at Newcastle, while Princess Posh and Our Gravano are in suitable races.