Lees’ Posh mare set for Melbourne
ANOTHER batch of Kris Leestrained horses worked anticlockwise on the course proper on Saturday morning as they prepare for races in Melbourne over the next three weeks.
Gallant mare PRINCESS POSH cantered from the home turn before running 800m in 52.70 with a final 600m in 37.90 under firm grip.
Her ranking was given a boost by the win of Shumookh at Caulfield last Saturday as Princess Posh was only beaten a half-length by her in the Group 2 Golden Pendant on September 22.
GUARD OF HONOUR was given an easier time cruising over 600m in a pedestrian 39.40 as the chestnut had a much faster spin on Wednesday.
Damien Oliver will ride the enigmatic sprinter in an Open Handicap over 955m at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Please bring that Canberra Lightning/Bat Out Of Hell form to the Valley!
IN HER TIME and TACTICAL ADVANTAGE will also head south and they were both restricted to steady pacework reverse way.
JUST DREAMIN and KOOL VINNIE produced a cracking clockwise gallop on the main track (6m out) when they clocked off their 1000m in 1.08.00 (34.75).
The pair are likely starters at Randwick on Saturday and will be extremely hard to beat in their respective events.
PIERINA has returned from her winter break in impeccable order and looked sharp on Tuesday when joined by THE TENOR on the course proper (16m out).
The duo recorded 800m in 51.15 (35.50) and that is a top class gallop.
P.S. The Tenor ran third in Saturday’s Brian Crowley.
ARGIE BARGIE didn’t fire when resuming at Tamworth a fortnight ago but expect huge lift next start as her hard held gallop of 51.10 (37.00) on the pro ride was special.
Add to that, the mare’s second up stats of 4-1-2-1 and her liking for rain affected tracks, we may have found ourselves a double digit winner.
ANGEL OF HEAVEN (unraced filly by Redoute’s Choice from Lights Of Heaven) and ONLY WANNA SING (Doomben two-year- old winner February) matched strides on the Pro Ride over 800m in 51.60 (37.70).
It was an encouraging piece of work especially from Angel Of Heaven who has improved so much since her latest barrier trial.
On a dreary Sunday morning I flicked onto replays of the country barrier trials last Friday and Saturday.
EUROGEM and SEBAGO at Taree, PELLIZENA at Narromine MONTEREY ZAR at Wagga) created an impression. Follow in maiden company.
Guard Of Honour looks ready for his next assignment at Moonee Valley this weekend.