Wyong stables are likely to be well represented on their home track next Thursday for the second qualifying race, a Class 5 at set weights over 1350m, of the rich $350,000 Sky Provincial Summer series.
The first qualifying race was run at Hawkesbury yesterday with the Kris Lees-trained Spanish Point successful.
Wyong trainers Brett Partelle, Kristen Buchanan, Tracey Bartley, Jeff Englebrecht, Damien Lane and Kim Waugh have runners nominated for next week’s Wyong heat. Thursday's qualifier has attracted 15 nominations.
Newcastle's Kris Lees has nominated Great Danger and Meyer, with the former his likely representative and he is hoping history repeats itself in this year’s Sky Racing Summer Provincial Series.
Lees won last year’s second running of the series with import Occupy after he had won the Hawkesbury heat – and Irish import Spanish Point became the first horse into the 2020 final when he took Thursday's opening qualifier at that track.
A ground-saving ride on straightening by Jason Collett enabled $3.30 favorite Spanish Point to stall a late burst from runner-up Accoy ($11), with $51 roughie Butch’N’Bugs third.
Because of the length of time between the heat and the final, and the fact that placegetters cannot start again in any of the four remaining heats, Lees has decided on a plan to have the six-year-old gelding ready for early January.
“Spanish Point has done a good job, and we will freshen him up now,” he said.
“He’ll have a week away at our farm at Ellalong, and I intend to give him one more run in a shorter race leading up to the Wyong final.”
The third heat will be run at Gosford over 1600m on December 2nd, followed by Kembla (1500m) on 12 December and Newcastle (1600m) on Saturday 19 December.
The Sky Racing sponsored Summer series is restricted to horses which are trained at one of the five Provincial tracks. Each of the five Provincial Clubs host a qualifying event ahead of the 1600m final which rotates amongst the Clubs.
The first three placegetters in each of the five $40,000 qualifying races gain entry to the $150,000 final which will be run at Wyong on Saturday 2 January.