Lees team ready for the Autumn
THE following five Kris Leestrained gallopers are beginning to up the ante at trackwork as they prepare for their assault on rich Autumn Carnival.
GRAFF, who won the Group 3 San Domenico in late August before courageous placings in the Group 2 Run To The Rose and 1 Golden Rose, has returned quite a tad heavier he has developed into a magnificent specimen.
The Star Witness colt worked on the Beaumont track on Saturday morning covering 800m in a leisurely 54.95 with a final 600m in 40.40).
A crack at the Lightning/ Newmarket double at Flemington in late February and early March is likely to be on his agenda.
Also planning to attempt the Group 1 double is classy mare IN HER TIME who, before a spell, was beaten a head by Santa Ana Lane in the Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m) at Flemington.
The six year old has mixed it with the elite for the past two years and her appearance suggests she will continue to do so.
In Her Time cruised over 800m in 55.50 (40.00).
LE ROMAIN is the ultimate professional as his CV shows with seven wins and 15 placings from 31 starts with earnings of $ 3,889,575 and three Group 1 victories.
He has the choice of many races during February/ March/April and I am certain the All- Star Mile in Melbourne is high in the pecking order given his penchant for the 1600m at Flemington.
“The Roman” strolled over 800m in 54.75 before quickening up for a last 600m in 38.95.
MISS FABULASS is looking just that and the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes winner is set for an exciting couple of months.
The Group 2 Light Fingers (1200m) will be her opening run on February 16 followed two weeks later by the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m). I have already booked my seat.
The daughter of Frankel and Samantha Miss glided up 600m in 38.25 under a severe grip.
She now wears ear muffs at trackwork and they seem to have curbed her excitable manners.
The star quintet ends with EL DORADO DREAMING, winner of the Group 1 Sires Produce at Randwick in April last year.
The three year old filly had an interrupted Spring sojourn in Victoria but still managed placings at Group 2 level including a superb third in the Wakeful Stakes (2000m).
El Dorado Dreaming stretched her legs over 1000m in 1.13.90 (42.25) as she prepares for a tilt at the ATC Oaks April. Another filly who will definitely graduate to A grade is REGINAE.
She ventured to Caulfield in late September after beating Ranier at Royal Randwick three weeks earlier.
However, the daughter of All Too Hard had gone over the top and was immediately spelled.
REGINAE looked sharp and keen as she worked up 600m in 38.30 in preparation for her barrier trial this week.
Other notable workouts this week were delivered by: DESIGNER MAID, EL CANO, JUVENTUS, MIMIC and TURNBERRY.
Graff has been working well as he prepares for a return to the track.