Lees a chance at Cup with quar­tet

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - ALAN GOLLOGLY

THE late Max Lees was never able to crack it for a home­town Cup vic­tory and nei­ther has his son Kris. But Fri­day’s Group 3 $175,000 New­cas­tle Gold Cup is the op­por­tu­nity for the Lees fam­ily to raise the tro­phy.

Kris is likely to saddle up four run­ners — ADMIRAL JELLO, DOUKHAN, SINGING and WAHNG WAH with the quar­tet all ca­pa­ble of land­ing ma­jor prize.

On Satur­day morn­ing Admiral Jello worked over 1400m on the course proper (15 me­tres out) and clocked 1.32.80 with a fi­nal 600m in 37.50.

He quick­ened strongly over the lat­ter stages giv­ing the in­di­ca­tion that all is well to peak come Fri­day. The Admiral will cer­tainly be car­ry­ing an each-way ticket of mine.

Tough mare Wahng Wah con­tin­ues to thrive and she bowled over 1200m in a com­fort­able 1.24.70 (39.30).

As for Singing and Doukhan they were let off with long pace­work as­sign­ments. Par for the course with Euro­pean stayers so close to race day.

But don’t be sur­prised if the Three Ws spoil the Lees’ party — Waller Weir and Wil­liams are ex­pected to have Cup starters.

An­other fea­ture on the card is the Group 3 Tib­bie Stakes (1400m) for fil­lies and mares and con­tenders INVINCIBLE GEM and PRINCESS POSH joined forces over 1000m in 1.07.50 (36.00).

Both mares are at the top of their game as ev­i­denced by their 600m sec­tional... they were hum­ming!

ZESTFUL may also line up in the Tib­bie and her 1000m in 1.08.35 (36.80) was also full of merit.

Classy filly WHIS­PERED SE­CRET has de­rived enor­mous ben­e­fit from her un­placed first-up run in the Fu­ri­ous Stakes.

She was a ball of mus­cle when cruis­ing over 1000m in a steady 1.13.25 (39.00) which will top her off nicely for the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m).

The re­main­ing on the card is the time hon­oured Cameron Hand­i­cap (1500m) with winner ex­empt from Ep­som bal­lot.

SOUND PROPO­SI­TION put his hand up for a berth with a crack­ing gal­lop be­tween races last Tues­day when he recorded 1.07.50 (34.20) with Blake Shinn in the saddle.

Since com­ing from New Zealand the son of Sav­abeel won his only two starts both at Rand­wick dur­ing June/July.

A quiet trial at Gos­ford a fort­night ago has him ready to rum­ble.

Paul Perry’s two Cup run­ners are THE GET­AWAY and DER MEISTER with both stayers look­ing the part as they stretched at even time over 1200m.

Ever­est hope­ful CLEARLY IN­NO­CENT con­tin­ues on his up­ward spi­ral al­beit not out to break the clock last week.

He was un­der a se­vere grip when glid­ing up 600m in 39.75.

Admiral Jello will be near his peak for Fri­day’s New­cas­tle Gold Cup.

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