Le Romain to stake his Everest claim
HE’S the forgotten horse of The Everest debate but if Le Romain returns with a bang in the $150,000 Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Royal Randwick tomorrow he might put the remaining slot owners on notice.
The three-time Group 1 winner has always raced impressively at the top level but never fully gets recognition he deserves.
He nearly beat Everest favourite Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 All-Aged Stakes (1400m) in the autumn and was desperately unlucky not to win another pair of majors in the winter when going down English (Doomben 10,000) and Impending (Kingsford-Smith Cup).
Trainer Kris Lees has been trying to get him into the race for some time.
“He is (the forgotten horse). He raced against a lot of horses that are already in (The Everest) and there wasn’t much between them,” Lees said.
“He’s won three Group 1s and was narrowly beaten by Trapeze Artist and English last preparation.”
Le Romain’s fresh record is good and despite having to lump 61kg tomorrow he has a superb record at Randwick and at the distance.
“He’s a horse that would normally improve off a run but he’s only had small let-up this time as opposed to coming off a proper spell,” Lees said.
Lees feels he’ll overcome the weight disadvantage and his class will prevail despite giving way 8kg to most of the field.
“He’s come back in good order and has had a couple of nice trials.
“He’s got bit residual fitness from the winter,” Lees said.
barrier one and 61kg which is a good leveller but he deserves every bit of it and he’ll be hard to beat.
“Weight can beat any horse but he’s capable of carrying that. I could have ran him in the Winx (Stakes) but I’m happy to give her a wide berth for as long as possible.”
Dal Cielo will either take on Le Romain or race in an Open Handicap (1200m) on the Gold Coast on the same day and Lees is happy with how well he’s doing.
“He’s very fit and he could go to Brisbane. His last two runs have been the best of his preparation and wherever he runs, he’ll be hard to beat,” Lees said.
Zestful will be looking to bounce back for in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) after a flop last start.
She’s winner of the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap a few starts back and Lees is hoping she can find that form again.
“She’s had a little freshen-up and a trial. Her best is at Randwick so we’re banking on that.
“She’ll probably go to stud and I’m hoping she can go out on a good note,” Lees said.
“She’s won two Stakes races at Randwick so it’s her preferred track.”
Milseain is a Kiwi import having her Australian debut in the last race at Randwick over 1400m but she won’t be at her peak just yet.
“She’s Group 1 placed but has a wide gate so she’ll be ridden conservatively and will get home well. You won’t see the best of her until she gets out in trip,” Lees said.
Trainer Kris Lees is hoping Le Romain can make enough of an impact tomorrow to land an Everest berth.