Lees look­ing ahead to Group 1 glory with his Smart fil­lies

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest Trackwork - CARYL WIL­LIAMSON

KRIS Lees-trained sta­ble­mates Smart Melody and Miss Fab­u­lass have emerged from week­end wins to favouritism for sep­a­rate Group 1 fil­lies’ races.

Smart Melody’s win in the Listed Cap D’An­tibes at Flem­ing­ton on Satur­day has her at $ 3.50 for the Thou­sand Guineas at Caulfield Oc­to­ber 13 while the re­gally bred Miss Fab­u­lass is

$ 4.60 for the Flight Stakes on Septem­ber 29 fol­low­ing her Tea Rose Stakes win at Rand­wick.

Un­beaten in four starts, Smart Melody will step up from the 1100m of Satur­day’s race to 1400m in the Thou­sand Guineas Pre­lude.

The filly is raced by Ed­uardo Co­juangco’s Goree Stud while Miss Fab­u­lass runs in the colours of busi­ness­man John Sin­gle­ton who owns her mother, Sa­man­tha Miss, the horse Lees re­gards as best he has trained.

Sa­man­tha Miss won all four legs of the 2008 Princess Se­ries which cul­mi­nates in the Flight Stakes and went on to run third in the Cox Plate be­fore claim­ing

VRC Oaks. Sin­gle­ton paid $ 3.85 mil­lion for Sa­man­tha Miss at the Na­tional Brood­mare sale and Miss Fab­u­lass is the re­sult of a mat­ing with cham­pion Frankel in Eng­land to south­ern hemi­sphere time.

“She has the bril­liance of her mother but Sa­man­tha Miss had more race sense at the same stage she’s get­ting there,” Lees said.

“I’m deeply hon­oured that John Sin­gle­ton gave me the op­por­tu­nity to train her be­ing by Frankel out of my favourite horse and we are slowly re­pay­ing him.”

Lees also trains the favourite for Satur­day’s Golden Rose (1400m) with Graff hold­ing sway at $ 4 over The Au­tumn Sun at $ 6.

Raced by Alan Bell, a for­mer trainer and rac­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor, Graff was gal­lant when sec­ond to Lean Mean Ma­chine in the Run To The Rose on a heavy track on Septem­ber 8.

The New­cas­tle trainer is also look­ing at all op­tions for es­tab­lished Group 1 per­former Le Ro­main.

The six-year- old looked as if he might give Winx a scare in Satur­day’s Ge­orge Main Stakes when he pinched break the straight but the cham­pion turned it up a notch to run him down and win by four lengths.

Le Ro­main is an $11 chance in the Ep­som Hand­i­cap (1600m) on Sept 29 but with one slot left

$13 mil­lion Ever­est Oc­to­ber 13, con­nec­tions could change di­rec­tion if there is an of­fer.

Lees has taken charge of Ever­est con­tender In Her Time from sus­pended trainer Ben Smith.

The mare gal­loped between races at New­cas­tle on Fri­day and will head to a bar­rier trial be­fore her re­turn on Septem­ber 29.

“She will trial at New­cas­tle on Wed­nes­day then head to the Pre­miere Stakes be­fore Ever­est,” Lees said.

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