Lees pays trib­ute to Just Dream­ing’s fight­ing qual­i­ties

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

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.

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