Talented sprinter Tactical Advantage is likely to be a dual-State acceptor on Saturday before Kris Lees confirms where he heads with him.
Lees nominated the gelding for a Benchmark 94 Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens and a Class 6 Plate (1200m) at Doomben.
Tactical Advantage, purchased by Australian Bloodstock and syndicated amongst clients, created a big impression at his debut for his new trainer when he bolted away with the July Sprint (1100m) at Royal Randwick on July 21, beating stablemate Dal Cielo.
“I’ll have a look at the weights and nominations for those races and probably accept in both before deciding where we go,” Lees said.
Now a five-year-old, Tactical Advantage is building a nice record, having won six of his 14 starts and placing on five occasions. He has raced only twice at Rosehill for an easy 3YO Handicap victory over 1100m on February 18 last year and a photo-finish second to Glenall in a Benchmark 96 over the same distance on November 18.
Irrespective of where Tactical Advantage races, Dal Cielo will line up at Rosehill in the Benchmark 94.
“His run was excellent even though beaten comfortably by Tactical Advantage at Randwick, and has done well since,” Lees said.
Prized Icon and Admiral Jello will be other Rosehill runners for the stable on Saturday.
Prized Icon resumes in the Spring Preview Handicap (1400m) and shares the 61kg topweight with Libran. The dual Group 1 winner (2016 1600m Champagne Stakes and 2500m Victoria Derby) has trialled twice in preparation for his resumption, and Lees is happy with his progress. Prized Icon ran third in a 900m trial at Newcastle on July 12, and then beat five rivals in a 1000m trial on the Beaumont track 15 days later.
Admiral Jello (55.5kg) runs in the Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800m) as he takes another step toward feature provincial races in the coming weeks. The six-year-old resumed when he tailed the field home in the Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) at Rosehill on July 28 and will find Saturday’s extra distance more to his liking.
“All going well, he’ll run in both the Wyong (2100m) and Newcastle (2300m) Cups,” Lees said.
Admiral Jello ran third last year in the Taree Cup (2000m) with 60kg and subsequently also filled the same placing in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup before finishing second in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) at Rosehill. He also ran third in the Listed City Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) at Randwick and earlier this year was a luckless second in the Listed Canberra Cup (2000m).