Former Kiwi wins for Lees

Sunday Star-Times - - RACING -

FORMER Kiwi Sound Propo­si­tion has made the per­fect start for his new trainer.

Pre­vi­ously trained at Mata­mata by Lance O’Sul­li­van and Andrew Scott, Sound Propo­si­tion was trans­ferred to New­cas­tle trainer Kris Lees fol­low­ing an un­placed run on an un­suit­able heavy track in the Group I Doomben Cup.

The de­ci­sion to leave the Group I win­ner across the Tasman has paid an im­me­di­ate div­i­dend with the five-year-old son of Sav­abeel win­ning an A$100,000 open hand­i­cap (1600m) at Rand­wick yes­ter­day in his first start for Lees.

A win­ner of the, then Group I, Manco Easter Stakes in 2016, Sound Propo­si­tion was also placed in the Bonecrusher Stakes.

In the hands of ap­pren­tice Rachel King, Sound Propo­si­tion was a two and a quar­ter length win­ner.

Lees’ sta­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lu­cas Miller was quick to pay credit to O’Sul­li­van and Scott.

’’He came to us in good or­der and had a nice trial a few weeks back,’’ he said.

The bot­tom­less track at Doomben may have tripped him up but the heavy sur­face at Rand­wick was not an is­sue.

‘‘His form in New Zealand sug­gested that he might (han­dle the heavy). He seemed to ap­pre­ci­ate it today and kicked well,’’ Miller said.

Sul­tan of Swing, who was trans­ferred from Shaune Ritchie’s sta­ble to his brother Craig’s War­wick Farm op­er­a­tion af­ter a luck­less Queens­land cam­paign, put in a strong per­for­mance to run fourth.

Ex-pat Kiwi trainer Bjorn Baker picked up a win­ner at Rand­wick with Col­lat­eral but could not get the race he re­ally wanted with Bonny O’Reilly fin­ish­ing well back in the Group I Tat­ter­sall’s Tiara at Doomben.

Mean­while, promis­ing Kiwi stayer Me­gablast has fin­ished back in the field at Flem­ing­ton.

The Nigel Ti­ley-trained five-year-old started favourite in an A$100,000 open hand­i­cap (2520m) on the back of a strong sec­ond on his Aus­tralian de­but last weekend at Moonee Val­ley.

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