Kris Lees-trained Le Romain and Invincible Gem will trial at Newcastle on July 18after warming up for new campaigns with quiet 845-metre hit-outs at Wyong on Wednesday.
TOP BILLING: The Kris Lees-trained Le Romain won two group 1 races this season and appears certain to be named Newcastle Horse of the Year. Picture: bradleyphotos苏州美甲美睫培训.au
Triple group 1-winner Le Romain, with Mat Scorse aboard,was a well-held fourth to Table Two, which ran51.95 seconds on soft ground. Invincible Gem, withAaron Bullock in the saddle, was fourthto Cultural Man, which clocked 50.64.
“Le Romain and Invincible Gem weren’t out to do anything flash as it was their first trials this time in work,” Lees Racing manager Lucas Miller said. “But their respective riders were very happy with how they felt.”
Le Romain will resume in the $200,000 group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 5. Connections are keen to secure a spot in the 12-horse,$10 million The Everest (1200m) at the same track on October 14.The versatile Le Romain has an outstanding Randwick record, winning two of his three group 1s at the track.
Lees has not confirmed a first-up task for Invincible Gem, whichwon three city races in succession last time in, culminating with a runaway victory in the group 3 NJC Spring Stakes (1600m)at Randwick in February. She was then a close second in thegroup 1 Randwick Guineas on March 4.
Invincible Gem’s spring target is the $400,000 group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) against her own sex at Rosehill on September 23.
“Kris didn’t have a target with Invincible Gem last campaign, but she kept raising the bar every time she raced,” Miller said. “She has spelled well and it will be interesting to see how far she progresses this time.”
Also on Wednesday, Lees’ exciting two-year-old filly, Sasso Corbaro, was run down in the shadow of the posts for the second time at Canterbury in her two career starts.