Jean’s Posh ef­fort

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

TRAINER Kris Lees praised ap­pren­tice Jean Van Over­meire for hold­ing his nerve on Princess Posh at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

“I thought Jean rode her re­ally well,’’ Lees said.

“It is not a pref­er­ence to be wide but he cut the cor­ner which I think is very im­por­tant when you have a 6m rail.

“Then (he) didn’t ex­pose the mare un­til they straight­ened up which is what was needed.

“As she showed, she has a re­ally good turn of foot when the races are set up right for her.’’

Princess Posh ($5.50) yes­ter­day un­leashed a bril­liant burst to storm down the cen­tre of the course and run down early leader Magic Alibi ($5.50) to win by a neck with La Chica Bella ($4.80 favourite) a close third.

Lees said Princess Posh de­served her win af­ter rac­ing with­out luck when third to I Am Se­ri­ous at Rose­hill two weeks ago.

“I thought she pa­raded re­ally well,’’ he said. “She has had a bit of rac­ing but she has coped well.

“She will be bet­ter again when we get a bit of give in the track over win­ter.’’

Lees said Princess Posh ex­cels on rain-af­fected tracks and he is con­sid­er­ing set­ting her for the Listed $150,000 Win­ter Stakes (1400m) at Rose­hill on July 14.

“This was ac­tu­ally the first city win of her ca­reer,’’ the trainer said. “But she is a qual­ity mare. As I said, she likes soft tracks which she didn’t get to­day. This is the right time of year to have her rac­ing.’’

Mean­while, Lees ex­plained his de­ci­sion to spell Le Ro­main rather than keep his sta­ble star go­ing for the Group 1 $1.5 mil­lion Strad­broke Hand­i­cap at Doomben next Satur­day.

Le Ro­main had been placed at Group 1 level at his past three starts and was one of the favourites for the Strad­broke but Lees felt the sprinter’s 58kg would be beyond him.

“I’m sure he would have run in the first four or five,’’ Lees said.

“But we looked at the race’s re­cent his­tory and the last horse to carry 58kg or more and win a Strad­broke was Rough Habit in 1993.

“I just felt if we turn him out now, he goes out at the top of his game and we can get him ready for the Mis­sile Stakes and then maybe the Mem­sie Stakes again in the spring.’’

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