Miss just ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lass in Tea Rose tri­umph

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - RAY THOMAS

MISS Fab­u­lass got a head start in life with her sire be­ing the great Frankel and her dam the for­mer cham­pion filly Sa­man­tha Miss, although breed­ing only counts for so much on the race­track.

On the ev­i­dence of Miss Fab­u­lass’ Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) win at Rand­wick yes­ter­day, she might be some­thing spe­cial her­self.

Trainer Kris Lees main­tains Sa­man­tha Miss is the best horse he has trained. She won the 2008 Tea Rose Stakes dur­ing her clean sweep of the Princess Se­ries, cul­mi­nat­ing with her Flight Stakes tri­umph.

Lees took par­tic­u­lar sat­is­fac­tion a decade later train­ing a daugh­ter of Sa­man­tha Miss to win the Tea Rose Stakes.

“I am deeply hon­oured that (owner-breeder) John Sin­gle­ton gave me the op­por­tu­nity to train Miss Fab­u­lass, be­ing by Frankel out of my favourite horse and we are slowly re­pay­ing him,’’ Lees said.

Miss Fab­u­lass ($9) burst through near the rails and sprinted clear to win by one and a half lengths from Fi­esta ($5) with Pretty In Pink ($4.50) nearly a length away third.

Lees said a change of rid­ing tac­tics re­sulted in Miss Fab­u­lass re­turn­ing to her win­ning form af­ter the filly dis­ap­pointed when un­placed in the Fu­ri­ous Stakes.

“She was rid­den qui­eter at her first race start due to a wide gate and we dis­cussed it with Ker­rin af­ter the re­cent run when she put her­self on the pace and we felt she would be bet­ter qui­eter,’’ Lees said.

Jockey Ker­rin McEvoy said of Miss Fab­u­lass: “She is still learn­ing her trade but once I asked her she was there for me and picked up re­ally well.’’

Queens­lan­der Out­back Bar­bie ran on to fin­ish sev­enth, but was never a win­ning hope.

SIEGE Of Que­bec and Pier­ata proved they are on tar­get for the Ep­som Hand­i­cap when they fought out the fin­ish of the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Hand­i­cap (1400m).

Siege Of Que­bec ($4.40) bounced back from his flop at Rose­hill a week ear­lier to edge out Pier­ata ($2.90 favourite), with early leader Mu­sic Mag­nate ($14) a fur­ther length and a quar­ter away in third.

“I don’t think I’ve ever walked off a race­course so dis­ap­pointed as I was af­ter Rose­hill last Satur­day,’’ said Adrian Bott, co-trainer of Siege Of Que­bec.

“We hon­estly felt very con­fi­dent in Siege Of Que­bec on what he’d shown us on the track but un­for­tu­nately we had to put it be­hind us be­cause the heavy track wasn’t to his lik­ing.”

RAND­WICK DASH: Miss Fab­u­lass (left) bursts through a gap on the filly’s way to win­ning the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) yes­ter­day.

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