The Lees trained Just Dreaming ($2.70fav) is Provincial Championship bound following her outstanding win in the $150,000 POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER.
The win capped off a big day for the stable, bringing up a treble for Lees and double for stable rider Aaron Bullock.
The Snitzel mare, a $450,000 yearling purchase, scored her sixth career win from 15 starts, bringing her prizemoney to $416,00.
She didn’t have it all her own way in the race, with Bullock finding himself toward the rear of the field in the early stages.
“I wasn’t too concerned. She’s a very good horse,” he said .
“It was a funny run race. There wasn’t a lot of speed early but plenty in the mid part of the race,” he said.
“I was a bit further back mid-race but I wasn’t too worried. I pulled her out around the 600m and full credit to her, this preparation Kris has taken the blinkers off and it’s worked wonders.
“When I picked them up from the 600 to the 400m I was quietly confident. I knew it would be a good. “
Bullock said plenty of hard work had gone on behind the scenes preparing Just Dreaming for the race.
“She’s a real professional and I want to thank Mathew Scorse who rides her work every morning. She wouldn’t be up to this grade without him. “
Cameron Swan was also full of praise for Just Dreaming.
“She’s a great mare. She didn’t have all the favours and had to come right around them. She got the job done and it was fantastic,” he said.
“Coming to the 800m Aaron was in a nice spot and then just peeled out and came around them.”
Swan said it was a big thrill for the owners.
“It’s great to get one in for Judy and Ron Wanless. They are very big supporters of the stable and I’m rapt for them.
“She’s got a great turn of foot and will be even better at the 1400m at Randiwck. If there’s a bit of rain around at Randiwck, and there often is that time of year, it won’t hurt her at all.
Manhattan Mist ($4.40) from the Waugh stable, finished three quarters of a length behind the winner and is also Randwick bound.
Waugh was very happy with the run and positive about his prospects in the final.
Witches ($12) from the Brad Widdup stable finished a neck behind in third.
A dash up the freeway wasn’t in vain for Kim Waugh, who arrived on track with just minutes to spare to watch her impressive mare Newsfan ($1.55fav) bring up her second successive win.
Waugh had two runners at the Randwick meeting, leaving straight after to make it back to Wyong for the 1100m LAKE MACQUARIE SHEET METAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP.
The Zoffany mare, who won by almost four lengths, will now be set for the Gosford Provincial Qualifier over 1200m on March 17.
Waugh had to survive a nervous few minutes when Newsfan was vetted behind the barriers, before being ruled fit to start.
“It was worth the rush,” Waugh said.
“That was a very nice win. She’s a lovely filly who just keeps getting better.
“I’ll talk to the owners and if she pulls up well I’d said we will head to the Gosford Qualifier for sure.
“It’s good money, she goes good and gets in with a good weight.
“I think she deserves a chance.”
Andrew Gibbons, who brought up a race to race double on Newsfan, was full of praise for the mare.
“She’s a very, very impressive horse. I thought the other day she was impressive when she was exposed the whole way and I said to Kim I thought she’d be a better horse covered up and she proved me right today.
“She’s got a fair bit of potential.”
The Waugh stable brought up a race to race double with Never Out ($4) storming home over the top of her rivals to give apprentice Chris Williams his first win for his new boss, in his first Wyong ride.
Williams, 26, originally from Bourke, was indentured to Peter Nestor at Dubbo but joined Waugh this week following Nestor’s retirement.
“I was actually pretty nervous today. Probably more nervous with that ride than the first one I’ve ever had,” Williams said.
“Kim has been great so far. It’s good just to repay her and hopefully it can continue.”
Waugh said she had been trying to get an apprentice for two years and she had approached mentor Pat Webster.
“He told me Peter Nestor was retiring. We rang Pete and he said he thought Chris would really suit us here.
“That’s how it happened. He’s a nice boy and hopefully things will keep going well.”
Waugh said Never Out, who won the 10000m HAIER BENCHMARK 66 by almost two lengths, was going really well.
“She’s great and it’s so good for the owners. All the cricketers and Allan Jones are it the ownership so.”
Australian cricketers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch, Ryan Harris, Glen Maxwell, Greg Blewett, coach Darren Lehmann and commentator Alan Jones, all share in the ownership of the aptly named Never Out.
Kris Lees brought up his 100th win for the season in impressive style with Australian Bloodstock gelding Furore keeping his unbeaten record intact with his fourth successive win.
A large group of excited owners greeted the three-year-old when he was brought back to scale by jockey Aaron Bullock.
Bullock had been caught wide in the early stages of the 2100m LAKES PODIATRY BENCHMARK 71 HANDICAP, but allowed Furore to stride forward, settling just off the lead.
When the speed quickened just before the turn, Bullock let loose on the gelding who drew away for a convincing two and three-quarter length win.
Cameron Swan, representing the Lees stable, said Furore’s next start would be in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas on March 17.
“He warrants a start there with the way he has been going, particularly the win today,” Swan said.
“The last 600m was fantastic running 33.3.
“He’s getting better. He didn’t have any favours today but was still able to put them away.
“He’s certainly taking the owners on a good little ride.”
Aaron Bullock described Furore as “one in a million.”
“I’ve never ridden a stayer who could be just put to sleep like that and really just build up that much acceleration in the final stages.
“He’s going to go a long way.”
Just Keep Giving ($41) trained by Glen Thompson was second, with Follow On ($8) from the Waterhouse/Bott stable, third.
The victory was the first of a winning treble for Lees, with promising filly Chilly Cha Cha ($2.40fav) proving too strong in the VIETNAM VETERANS KEITH PAYNE VC HOSTEL LTD CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1600m).
The Mastercraftsman three-year-old, a $180,000 yearling purchase, looks set for a tilt at the Queensland Oaks after bringing up her third win from just six starts.
Cameron Swan said if the filly kept improving she would be Queensland bound.
“She’s going really well. Kris has always had a nice opinion of her. I think 1600m was good for her today. They didn’t go hard and she settled well and came home with good sectionals,” Swan said
“She was strong through the line and I think he will look to step her up and look for something better.
“He was thinking about an Oaks campaign in Brisbane if she came up as good as he thought and she seems to be doing that.”
Ridden by Andrew Gibbons, Chilly Cha Cha beat the Scott Singleton trained Base Camp ($5.50) by a length and a quarter, with Wyong galloper Sunset Jewel ($3.60), trained by Kevin Miller, third.
Colourful Victorian jockey Noel Callow didn’t waste time posting a winner at his first day riding on the Wyong track.
Callow, who has relocated to Sydney, was having just his third ride in the 1100m MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES AIR CONDITIONING AUSTRALIA MAIDEN when he piloted Anelace ($16) to victory for Joe Pride.
The O’Reilly filly had to overcome a wide barrier and being pushed even wider on the turn.
She showed a good turn of foot to speed away for a half-length win over Sugarland Express ($19), for Johnnie Roberts, with another Wyong galloper Denials ($27), trained by Stephen Schofied, third.
Hayley Denlin from the Baker stable said the win was a little “unexpected.”
“She had three trials before she came here today. She’s learnt a lot but we had a tricky barrier for her to overcome.
“We also had that horse around the bend who gave her a bit of a nudge and pushed her even wider.
“I think for her first run she’s obviously got a lot of guts about her, to overcome the barrier, being dragged out the back, having to do a lot of the work.
“We are on a track here today where there are not an awful lot of horses making ground, so to cop the interference at the bend and still come down the outside with her ears pricked is a great effort.”
Denlin said it was Callow’s third ride for the stable but first winner.
“We are very happy with him.”
She said Anelace was bred to go further so it was possible she would have a little break before her next run.
The Matthew Smith trained Irish Success overcame a wide barrier to take out the JOB CENTRE AUSTRALIA MAIDEN PLATE (1300m) in convincing style.
Ridden by Mitchell Bell, the Excelebration three-year-old jumped well and was settled just behind the leader, before drawing away over the last 50 metres to score a half-length victory.
Stable foreman Callum McCullough said he considered Irish Success, who started $2.15 favourite, had a bright future.
“He has lots of ability and I think with more race experience he will become more mature and be pretty smart going forward,” he said.
“The drop back in grade to provincials today has served him in good stead.
“He has good place form around the Metropolitan scene and he was a pretty smart two-year-old.
“We’ve been trying to get him to get the job done, drop his head a little bit and get it done a bit more impressively but at the end of the day he still got it over the line.
“He had a good look around in the straight and still has a fair bit to learn.”
McCullough said Irish Success had been well placed at Wyong.
“I think the more race horse experience this horse has the more it will sort him out.
“I’d say Matt will take him through the grades now but he’ll have a chat to the owners and see how he pulls up.”
Irish Success beat the Scott Singleton trained Image Neat ($7.50), with Nai’a ($7.50) from the Cummings stable, a length and a quarter behind in third.
A change of state proved the key to Godophin galloper Sanglier ($6) who broke through for his debut win in the 1000m SERVERS AUSTRALIA 2YO MAIDEN PLATE.
By Albrecht, the colt was having his first start in NSW after three previous runs in Melbourne, where his best was a third over 1000m in November.
Stable representative Lee Kunde described it as a “good win.”
“He had a bit of form in Melbourne behind a couple of decent horses and we just had to find that form again,” Kunde said.
“He showed a nice turn of foot today and I think he will get better with racing.
“It’s onwards and upwards with this bloke.”
Kunde said trainer James Cummings could even consider taking Sanglier to Brisbane.
“If he’s going well we might even find him something in Brisbane but I’ll leave that up to the boss.”
Sanglier, ridden by Grant Buckley, beat the Waterhouse/Bott favourite Let Me Sleep ($3.50) by three quarters of a length, with Celosia ($8.50) from the Bjorn Baker stable, a length and a half behind in third.