Lees no longer Dreaming of Cham­pi­onships glory

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

KRIS Lees got his first Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onships Fi­nal con­tender when Just Dreaming won yes­ter­day.

Af­ter get­ting back in the field, the Snitzel four-year-old pro­duced a sen­sa­tional ef­fort to beat fel­low qual­i­fiers Man­hat­tan Mist and Witches with Aaron Bul­lock on board.

Bul­lock knew he was on a win­ner as the field straight­ened.

“When I made most of the ground from the 600m to the 400m, I was qui­etly con­fi­dent,” Bul­lock.

“Kris thought I’d be in the sec­ond or third line but I was a bit fur­ther back than that and at the 600m I was in a po­si­tion where I kept get­ting flushed. “Full credit to her. “Kris has taken the blink­ers off her this preparation and it’s worked won­ders.” Bul­lock said that the speed in the race changed a num­ber of times but his mare was able to cope with any­thing thrown at her.

Bul­lock said the fi­nal would be very com­pet­i­tive once again de­spite look­ing a touch above the two other qual­i­fiers she beat home yes­ter­day.

“It’s go­ing to be a pretty good fi­nal with these first three in it,” he said.

“It was a good win in a funny-run race.” Sta­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cameren Swan said he ex­pected the mare to fur­ther im­prove af­ter yes­ter­day’s run for the $500,000 fi­nal at Rand­wick on April 14, es­pe­cially if the track gets some rain.

“She’s go­ing to be even bet­ter at 1400m, es­pe­cially if there’s a bit of rain about which there can be at this time of the year,’’ he said.

“It’s ex­cit­ing.”

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