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Classic Prep For Sunreel At Newcastle

Blinkers are going on the well-bred 2YO Sunreel at Newcastle on Saturday as trainer Kris Lees views a bigger target in Sydney a week later.

Classic Prep For Sunreel At Newcastle

Blinkers are going on the well-bred 2YO Sunreel at Newcastle on Saturday as trainer Kris Lees views a bigger target in Sydney a week later.

The Dundeel filly, who races in the Australian Bloodstock colors, made a strong debut when a late closing second to Sunfighter in a 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Wyong on January 21.

On Saturday Sunreel Horseform is back on her home track taking on older horses in the Maiden Plate (900m), with Andrew Gibbons again in the saddle.


“Coming back to 900m isn’t suitable, but we’re trying to get her into the field for the Inglis Classic at Randwick the following Saturday,” Lees explained.

“She might make the field but we don’t want to take the risk of missing out and that’s why she is running this Saturday.

“I’m sure both the blinkers and bigger track will help her, especially racing against older horses.”

Lees is no stranger to winning the Inglis Classic. He was successful at Rosehill in 2006 with Absolutelyfabulous Horseform and again in 2016 with Twist Tops Horseform at Randwick.

Lees holds a strong hand at the Newcastle meeting with recent winners Nationality and Grasslands in respective divisions of the Class 2 Handicap (1200m) and Turnberry in the Benchmark 71 Handicap (1400m). Aaron Bullock rides all three.

Nationality Horseform, a half-brother to Samantha Miss, made an impressive return on the Beaumont track on January 20, easily winning an 1150m maiden at only his second start.

“He is jumping a class, but it’s keeping him on his home track to give him further experience experience,” Lees said.

“Nationality has trained on strongly, and I’m sure he will be hard to beat.”

Grasslands Horseform resumed to clinch her second victory in a C1 Handicap (1100m) at Gosford on January 18.

“She probably didn’t beat a strong lot that day, but keeps improving,” Lees said.

Three-year-old Turnberry Horseform has won two of his three starts, and tackles 1400m first-up on the back of recent trials on the Beaumont track and at Wyong.

Turnberry hasn’t raced since winning a Benchmark 60 Handicap (1600m) at Wyong last October.

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