Newcastle trainer Kris Lees will saddle up two strong chances at the RDO Monday at Wyong Race Club Raceday in a bid to continue his rich vein of form at the track.
At last Saturday’s meeting Lees took out the Provincial Championship Qualifier with Just Dreaming, who stormed home down the outside to book her spot in the final.
Rosehill Guineas bound Furore and Chilly Cha Cha both won, rounding out a terrific day for the stable.
The winning treble saw Lees bring up his 100th winner in one of his best seasons to date.
At Monday’s meeting Lees has both Grand Bouquet and Progression entered and believes they are both winning chances.
Grand Bouquet lines up in the Hudson Homes 2yo Maiden Handicap over 1200m and Lees considers the race will be a great starting point for the young filly’s career.
“She’s a nice filly, bred to get over ground being by Savabeel out of an Oaks winner in Daffodil,” Lees said.
“It’s a nice race for her to start off in and it looks like she will be a lovely 3yo type going forward. She is definitely a top three chance.”
Lees has a high opinion of the filly and has nominated the China Horse Club’s $600 000 New Zealand Bloodstocks 2017 Premier Sale purchase, in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on the second day of the Championships.
“She’s a quality filly but how far we go this prep is still up in the air, we will just take it one run at a time.”
Lees has another exceptionally bred filly, three-year-old Progression resuming from a spell, In the Go Electrical Tuggerah Class 2 Handicap over 1100m.
The filly, by All Too Hard out of Group 1 winning Mare Headway, was purchased at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale for $260 000 for some high-profile owners including Vinery Stud, Kia Ora Stud and Neil Werret.
Progression is also accepted at Saturday’s Hawksbury meeting and Lees is still deciding where her first up run will be.
“She’s in at a couple of places and has drawn tricky at both locations, so we may even wait until next Saturday to run her,” he said.
“She is coming up quite well and her trials have been good, wherever she runs she will be very competitive.”
The Kim Waugh stable, who also had a day out on Saturday with Manhattan Mist now heading to the Provincial Championship final after a second placing in the qualifier. Newsfan and Never Out both recorded strong victories and Waugh is hoping the replicate that success on Monday with three runners.
Chicago Stomp is first up off a long break and is entered in the Great Northern on Tap at Wyong Class 1 Handicap over 1350m.
Two-year-old Trumbell will be having his first start in a race in the Hudson Homes 2YO Handicap over 1100m and is coming off the back of two strong trial wins.
Mighty Marmalade is coming off a very impressive 2nd placing to contest the www.wyongraceclub.com.au 3YO & Up Maiden Plater over 1200m.
Race 1 – 1:05PM WWW.TAB.COM.AU 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350 METRES) 1 Omineca, 2 Primitivo, 3 Daiquiri Lass, 4 Bell Serenade
Race 2 – 1:40PM GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP AT WYONG CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350 METRES) 1 Casino Angel, 2 Missybeel, 3 Cavellton, 4 Thy Kingdom Come
Race 3 – 2:15PM DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600 METRES) 1 Our Mantra, 2 Decroux, 3 Something Shocking, 4 Mulu Magic
Race 4 – 2:50PM HUDSON HOMES 2YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES) 1 Stunts, 2 Farranfore, 3 Trumbel, 4 Grand Bouquet
Race 5 – 3:30PM WINNING COMMERCIAL MAIDEN PLATE (2100 METRES) 1 Maria Victoria, 2 Glasgow Grey, 3 Regal Cannon, 4 Mad Pirate
Race 6 – 4:10PM WWW.WYONGRACECLUB.COM.AU 3YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES) 1 Mighty Marmalade, 2 The Happy Lady, 3 Jawhara, 4 Princess Kandis
Race 7 – 5:00PM LAKES PRINTERS BENCHMARK 73 HANDICAP (1100 METRES) 1 Molten, 2 Hong Qigong, 3 Sebring Express, 4 Lady Jivago
Race 8 – 5:40PM GO ELECTRICAL TUGGERAH CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1100 METRES) 1 Easy Eddie, 2 Artemis Rose, 3 Progression, 4 Cuba