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Offline PoisonPen7

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O.P. « 2017-May-28, 01:22 PM »
A six-times premier Newcastle trainer, Kris is now firmly established in the top bracket of Australian trainers.

In the autumn of 2016, he hit the international spotlight by winning New South Wales’ richest race – the $4m Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick during The Championships – with classy mare Lucia Valentina.

With such outstanding prizemoney now on offer in NSW at all levels – metropolitan, provincial and country – Kris takes great care in placing his horses to give them the best possible advantage to secure returns for owners.

And he is never afraid to take horses to the interstate carnivals in Brisbane and Melbourne if he considers they are worthy of such an assignment.

Based at Broadmeadow in Newcastle – which boasts top-class training and racing facilities – Kris also has the back-up of Ellalong Farm, a superb agistment and pre-training centre, in the Lower Hunter Valley.

The fact that he maintains long-standing relationships with clients speaks volumes for not only his training skill, but his easy-going manner and capacity to so willingly interact with all of them.

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« 2017-May-28, 01:25 PM Reply #1 »
Surprisingly we didn't have a thread for Kris.

Clearly Innocent was his 4th Group 1 winner for the year and with horses like Sense Of Occasion and Clearly Innocent up in Brisbane for the Winter carnival it might increase.

From Racenet:

Clearly Innocent measures up in style in the 2017 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Clearly Innocent gave his trainer Kris Lees a season best haul of four Group I wins when taking out the $700,000 Group I Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The victory was the trainer's second Queensland Group I success in seven days following on from Sense Of Occasion's win in last Saturday's Doomben Cup.

Following the win Lees paid tribute to Clearly Innocent's former trainer Greg Bennett who handed in his trainer's licence to take up a role with Queensland-based racing and breeding operation Aquis.

"It's as much Greg Bennett's win today, he's here today and hopefully he got a really good kick out of it as well," Lees told Sky Racing.

"He was very well looked after in the early stages of his career and I'm the one now getting the rewards for that."

Clearly Innocent which settled back in the field was taken widest at the top of the straight and reeled in the leader, brave Victorian galloper Jungle Edge before powering away to score easily.

"Unbelievable," winning jockey Hugh Bowman said. "He gave me such a great feel.

"There was a query in the class rise, I knew he had it in him whether it was today or in the future. He's a really impressive horse."

Clearly Innocent ($11) defeated the Mick Bell-trained Jungle Edge ($5.50 eq fav) by three lengths with Chris Waller's Counterattack ($6) another 3-1/4 lengths away in third. The other equal favourite Black Heart Bart was never a factor in the run and finished fifth, beaten more than nine lengths.

Lees said Clearly Innocent would now progress towards the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at the same track in two weeks.

"He'd improved off his Scone run but going from a Listed race to weight-for-age was always a concern," Lees said.

"Obviously there were a few horses here today that didn't handle the surface but he relished it.

"I think he'll acquit himself well here in a fortnight. I just hope he just gets enough (weight) for Hughie to ride."

Bowman, who rarely rides under 55kg, will wait anxiously to see how Racing Queensland handicappers treat the win when they issue the weights for Queensland's biggest race next week.

The win was Bowman's 12th Australian Group I win for the season.

Bookies slashed Clearly Innocent's Stradbroke Handicap quote into $4.50 favouritism after Saturday's victory.

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« 2017-May-28, 01:28 PM Reply #2 »
Kiwi Joins Kris' Stable

NEWCASTLE: Friday, May 26, 2017: IF you can’t beat them, then join them!

Kris Lees not only won last Saturday’s Group 1 Doomben Cup with Sense Of Occasion, but has now taken over the training of one of the gelding’s beaten rivals.

Connections of New Zealand five-year-old Sound Proposition have decided to transfer him to Lees, and he has arrived at his Broadmeadow base.

Sound Proposition (Opie Bosson) started at $51 when 10th to Sense Of Occasion at Doomben at his Australian debut when under the care of Kiwi co-trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott. Stewards subsequently reported he was suffering from mild heat stress.

Sound Proposition has won four of his 17 starts in New Zealand – all at 1600m – and last year won the Group 1 Easter Stakes at Ellerslie.

Sound Proposition also finished fifth in this year’s renewal (as a Group 2) in April, and beforehand ran third in the Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie in March.

“I haven’t trained for the gelding’s owners previously, but they decided to leave the horse in Australia,” Lees said today.

“I’m feeling my way with him, but we need to find firm tracks for him. Apparently he does not handle the wet (as was the case at Doomben last Saturday).

“At this stage, I’m undecided where I will run him next. There is a possibility he could go back to Queensland.”

Sound Proposition is a son of Savabeel, who also sired Lees’ now retired quality mare Lucia Valentina.

Probably the best horse he has trained, Lucia Valentina, also emigrated from across the ditch.

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« 2017-May-28, 06:35 PM Reply #3 »
lovely bloke , easy going   emthup

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« 2017-May-28, 08:01 PM Reply #4 »
And he had the good grace to give Greg Bennett a wrap yesterday even though he took over the horse's care a few months ago.

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« 2017-Jul-11, 12:40 PM Reply #5 »
In-Form Lees Stable Continues To Smash Records

Kris Lees’s record-breaking season reached a new crescendo on Monday; a double at Tamworth’s TAB meeting lifted him to 150 wins for the 2016-17 season - 30 more than his previous best of 120 in 2014-15.

Lees sent five horses to Tamworth and scored with favourites Let’s Get Nauti Gal ($1.95) and Isthmian ($2.30). Both were ridden by Andrew Gibbons, who in the process notched a career-best 70 wins for the season.

Two-year-old filly Let’s Get Nauti Gal, placed in the $250,000 Inglis Classic at Royal Randwick in February, broke through in the 1200m Maiden Plate. Isthmian, raced by a Prime Thoroughbreds Syndicate, won his fourth race from nine starts when successful in the Class 3 Handicap (1000m).

Lees’s horses earned $23,535 prizemoney at Tamworth, lifting his season’s tally to nearly $8,736,000. With three weeks remaining until the season ends on July 31, a $9m season is definitely on the cards.

His previous best prizemoney season was last year when Lucia Valentina’s $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes’ victory at Randwick contributed to his haul of $7,526,523. Wonderful prizemoney and 150 winners (and counting) included, this has certainly been a watershed season for Lees.

He has also won a record four Group Ones during 2016-17; the Cantala Stakes at Flemington and Canterbury Stakes at Randwick (with Le Romain), Doomben Cup (Sense of Occasion) and Kingsford-Smith Cup with Clearly Innocent.