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Lees looks beyond Villiers

Posted by on 20/09/2019

KRIS Lees is eyeing theGosford Cup (2100 metres) with Sense Of Occasion when the six-year-old resumes in the group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
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DIVING BACK IN: Kris Lees’ Sense Of Occasion winning the Premier’s Cup at Rosehill. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网419论坛

Sense Of Occasion, winner of the listed Premier’s Cup in August, will be back from a two-month break in the $250,000 race, where he has drawn well in four.

The Street Sense geldingproduced a strong trial win at Gosford on December 5 and was a $26 chance with TAB Fixed Odds for the Villiers.

He has impressive wet track form of four wins in 10 starts, andRandwick was rated a heavy 9 on Friday. However, his Newcastle trainer had low expectations in the Villiers and his sights set on more suitable races, like the January 13 Gosford Cup.

“He’s capable on wet ground but this isprobably a lead-up run for a couple of longer races, to be fair tohim,” Lees said.

Sense Of Occasion is one of six Lees runners at Randwick on Saturday and the trainer believed all would take their place, despite the wet weather.

“Nearly all of them would have some wet credentials and it may enhance some of mine’s without going there withany real confidence,” he said.

Twist Tops and Time Out Of Mind will contest the $250,000 Inglis Sprint (1100m). Filly Twist Tops has a win and a second in three starts on wet ground, while colt Time Out Of Mind won on debut at Gosford on good going two weeks ago.

“Twist Tops has got good wet form so she’ll be comfortable and the other horse is untried,” Lees said.“He’s a nice horse but he’s jumping a few grades here, but I think he deserves a chance in a race like this.”

Muswellbrook trainer Todd Willan has $71 hopeAkasaki in the race.

Lees also has Brook Road in the listed Razor Sharp (1200m), where Scone trainer Rod Northam has Big Money ($15). Weatherly, for Scone’s Paul Messara, was scratched on Friday.

“She ran OK first-up the other day,” Lees said of Brook Road’s seventh in the listed Starlight Stakes. “She doesn’t win out of turn but she rarely runs a bad race, so she could easily show up.

“She likes soft, when it’s really heavy, she’s a little questionable, but it depends what happens.It’s supposed to be hot tomorrow.”

Newcastle trainer Paul Perry, who won on Friday at Scone with Yeoman and Petrossian, has Der Meister in the Christmas Cup (2400m).

Lees hasPress Report and Upscale in the $100,000 Segenhoe Cup (1200m).

“Upscale’s a filly on the way up,” he said.“She’s got a nice gate, or it should, but who knows with the wet ground,but both have got a bit of wet track form so I expect them to run well in a very open race.”

Northam had a winning double at Scone on Friday with Husswick and L’elu, while Lees’ Dead Calm saluted.

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