Strong Doomben Chances For Lees And Gollan
A wide barrier has trainer Kris Lees guarded about the first-up prospects of talented young sprinter Guard Of Honour in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate at Doomben on Saturday.
Lees nominated Guard Of Honour for Saturday’s Sydney Cup meeting at Randwick but opted to head north with the three-year-old.
However he was disappointed when Guard Of Honour drew gate 11 in a field of 14. Larry Cassidy will ride him in the set weights event.
“It’s a tricky draw from that start,” Lees said. “Guard Of Honour is going well, but he is going to need to be smartly away to overcome the awkward barrier.
“If he does that, I’m sure he will be hard to beat.”
Raced by prominent Brisbane owners Ron and Judi Wanless, Guard Of Honour took on the top sprinters in the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 25 and wasn’t disgraced from another poor draw when 11th to Sheidel.
“I brought him home after that race, and gave him a couple of weeks off,” Lees said. “Being a gross colt, I didn’t want him to have any longer than that away from the stables.”
Guard Of Honour easily won a 900m Broadmeadow barrier trial on April 12.
The Northern Meteor colt has won two of his seven starts to date, including a first-up win in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Randwick in September.
• BRAZEN MOSS is working brilliantly according to his trainer Tony Gollan ahead of his deserved bid for black type in the Listed Tails Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
Gollan says the five-year-old is “working as sharp as a 1000m horse” and is in the form of his life for his step up to stakes grade after back-to-back wins at the Gold Coast and Doomben.
It’s been 12 months since Brazen Moss made his debut for the Gollan stable. He has since won four races, earning $185,600 in that time.
Three of those wins have come over the 1600m at Doomben while Jim Byrne’s fruitful partnership as seen the leading jockey guide the son of Mossman to all four wins from five rides.
Gollan is confident Brazen Moss can continue his good form.
"He worked as sharp as anything when we worked him on Tuesday morning - he's as sharp as a 1000m horse," said Gollan.
"Jim Byrne will look to put him in the race at the right time but what we've been seeing with this horse is he can win any number of ways.
“He's racing like a true horse. This is a big step up for him but I couldn't be any happier with him.
“He never runs a bad race and he's going there in terrific shape. He loves Doomben and he loves the mile."
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