Lees a chance at Cup with quartet
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.