Lees Fillies Impress At Wyong

Top Newcastle trainer Kris Lees looks to have another couple of smart three-year-old fillies in his stable after Evalina and Power Rush won their respective races at Wyong on Sunday.

Lees Fillies Impress At Wyong

Top Newcastle trainer Kris Lees looks to have another couple of smart three-year-old fillies in his stable after Evalina and Power Rush won their respective races at Wyong on Sunday.

In a stable littered with three-year-old stars including Miss Fabulass and Smart Melody, foreman Keyren Forbes believes the two Wyong winners could both have bright futures.

“It’s exciting times for Kris with so many talented fillies and I believe these two have plenty of ability,” he said.

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Evalina Horseform was a dominant winner of her maiden event over 1200 metres.

The I Am Invincible filly is raced by Leb Petagna, who raced Lees’ multiple Group winning mare Lucia Valentina.

Evalina was a $280,000 purchase at the 2017 Easter Yearling Sale and was having her third race start, coming off a fifth at Newcastle over 900m on August 16 when resuming.

Keyren Forbes described Evalina as a “really nice filly who is only going to go forward.”

“It’s very exciting. She hit the line very hard and was very keen,” he said. “She’s going the right way and that’s great.”

Power Rush was equally impressive taking out her Class 1 event over 1000m.

The filly was coming off a win at Tamworth on debut and Forbes said it was great to see her take to the next step to provincial class.

“She’s got plenty of ability and it will be interesting to see how she progresses. She’s doing everything right and that is a great sign,” he said.

The Paul Perry-trained Into The Oblivion is headed for a Melbourne campaign after his impressive win in a 3YO Maiden over 1600m.

Perry plans to target the feature distance races for his age group.

“That will be the goal, but we will see how he goes,” stable foreman Mick Rowland said. “I’d say Paul will start him in a few minor races but that will be up to him.”

The Hinchinbrook gelding is raced by a syndicate that includes Danny and Barbara Grant, long-time supporters of the Perry stable who raced the G1 winner The Mission.

Apprentice Robbie Dolan continued his great association with Victory Anthem bringing up his fourth win on the Darci Brahma gelding.

Dolan has combined with the Mark Newnham-trained Victory Anthem Horseform for all his four career wins and all but one of his five placings. His latest victory brought up a double on the program for the in-form apprentice.

Against his normal pattern, Victory Anthem settled to the rear of the field but showed good determination when hitting the front in the straight to hold out his opposition and record a narrow win.

Paula Newnham, representing the stable, said the horse had taken the step up to provincial grade following his last start Nowra win.

“He took that next step. Robbie has done a great job and we are absolutely thrilled,” she said. “He is a stable favourite and just keeps putting in. It’s great to see him win like this.”

Owners Sarah English and John Horn had plenty to celebrate after their gelding Soir De Lune broke through for his first win in the maiden over 1350m.

Trainer Clare Cunningham said the owners had brought Soir De Lune Horseform at a tried horse sale, unaware he had suffered a serious injury earlier in his career.

“He did a four out of five suspensory and didn’t even make it to the track with his first trainer,” she said.

“They didn’t know that when they brought him, but they love the horse and would of given him a home even if he didn’t race. They will be very excited.”

Cunningham said she would look at putting the gelding up in distance and add a couple of gear changes.

“He is pretty dour and a set of blinkers will help him in the future,” she said. “He’s not a superstar but we will try and find races like this.”

There was plenty of emotion after Bobbing came from the rear of the field to for Hawkesbury trainer Bernie Kelly.

Kelly and his wife Anne bred the Beneteau gelding with Bernie delivering him as a foal.

“It’s very special,” an emotional Anne Kelly said.

“Bernie delivered this one. He was born the week after our 26-year-old pony Bob died so that’s how he got the name.”

Under strong riding by apprentice Robbie Dolan Bobbing Horseform made up considerable ground in the straight to run down the leader on the line for a three-quarter length win.

Kelly said he hadn’t expected the five-year-old to be so far back in the run.

“I’d given up on him half way through the race,” he said.

“I thought he might run last at one stage, so it was good to see him get to the line.”

The winner was resuming following his maiden win at Hawkesbury in July.

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