Jean’s Posh effort
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.’’