Lees team on fire
KRIS Lees trained horses won five of the 11 barrier trials staged on Beaumont (Soft 6) Monday November 6 and a few who figured in the “First Four” will also be prominent in their upcoming campaigns.
SLOW PACE, who has a Wyong and Anzac Day Cups on his CV, relished his preferred surface by scoring an all the way win in the sole 1200m Heat with stablemates BASTIA and HIGH OPINION closing off nicely for the trifecta.
It was exactly 12 months to the day that High Opinion made his last racetrack appearance which was victory in a Benchmark 78 at Canterbury (1900m).
A bowed tendon forced him to the paddock.
POWER COMMAND departed for a spell after winning a Wyong Maiden in late June and he returned a winner also in his 1000m division narrowly defeating TIME OUT OF MIND ( K Lees).
The runner up is a cracking type by Dream Ahead and I feel he will add to his two career wins during the summer.
STAR REFLECTION had at least 10 runs last preparation and nearly always earned a cheque so it was no surprise to see this tough mare win the following Heat.
Second placed ULTIMATE FANTASY is also a consistent mare and the duo are more than capable of winning at Benchmark 67-70 range.
On the subject females an unraced four year old took out Heat 4 for Maidens (1000m).
I AM AWESOME ( I Am Invincible x Sellout) has had four trials dating back to March 2016 but this one took the prize as she led easily and kept running winning by five plus.
Some well known racing industry names in the ownership too- Arthur and Harry Mitchell, Hilton Cope and Edward Throsby.
Team Lees rounded off their winning streak when two year old filly SUNREEL ( Dundeel x Golden Sunshine) held off the challenge of ONYAR (C. Animal Kingdom x Girona)- quinella to Arrowfield in the 800m scamper.
If I Am Awesome was impressive in a Maiden (1000m) so too was the Jeremy Sylvester trained mare SAINT HELENA who is by Snitzel out of Gold Fortune the mother of former classy sprinter Gold Seventy Seven.
Saint Helena was partnered by Ms Alexis McPherson who received her ticket to ride that morning and next afternoon she rode a winner at the Taree races on Melbourne Cup Day. big thrill.
The Open (800m) attracted a field stacked with well performed horses and known city earner DIFFICULT TO GET prevailed in a photo from last seasons three time two-year- old winner MR GRUMPY.
Cruising along four lengths behind the leaders was promising filly SASSO CORBARO.
She was only out for a light canter.
On October 2 CALAMTY MO runs second to Group sprinter Big Money in a Muswellbrook barrier trial and three weeks later finishes down the track in a race at Scone at $ 51.
Please explain how the filly won a barrier trial here and ran 46.40 (32.80). Interesting Mumma. I cant recall any of the Cummings family ever having a runner at the Newcastle trials but A. and E. produced ONE FIRE BEACH (F. Street Cry x Maslins Beach) in the final Heat for a winning public debut.
Others to trial well — THE FREE WORLD, DOUBLE DREAM, JAYZOU, HIGH FLIGHT and ALTERNATIVE FACTS.
Slow Pace won his trial at Newcastle last week.