Lees pays tribute to Just Dreaming’s fighting qualities
JUST Dreaming’s fighting qualities and will-to-win continually amaze trainer Kris Lees.
“I thought at the 100m they were going to beat her but at the 50m you could tell they were not going to get past her,’’ Lees said.
“She’s a very game, genuine filly. You would love to train a few more like her.’’
Lees made these comments after Just Dreaming defied the odds to win the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens yesterday.
Just Dreaming ($8) held off Insensata ($12) to win by a head with High Mist ($8) a short-neck away third.
Her win was full of merit as she had to cart the field up to tearaway Arbeitsam and then appeared under siege when High Mist cruised up to challenge at the 250m.
Tommy Berry, pictured on Just Dreaming, said the “tougher it gets for the filly the better she goes”. “She never gives up,’’ he said. “We had to chase Arbeitsam but I’ve ridden this filly three times now for three wins and I know her well. She likes to do it the tough way, she is not a sitand-sprint type of filly.’’
Lees said he may give Just Dreaming one more start this winter before spelling her.
“She is putting together a good record now,’’ he said.
“But I’m mindful of not giving her too many races this preparation. She tries so hard every start, she gives it everything.’’
Lees said Just Dreaming had always shown plenty of natural ability but needed time to mature and develop.