Trainer Kris Lees admits his Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes assault will be shaped in a crucial next 48 hours as the Novacastrian keeps one eye on the forecast and another on next week’s $1 million The Hunter on home turf.
Lees trained horses make up a third of the acceptances for Saturday’s $500,000 Rosehill test but another wet week in Sydney has the talented horseman playing the waiting game.
The stable has Group 1 winning mare El Dorado Dreaming as well as in-form gallopers Evalina, Wandabaa and Asharani all accepted in the fillies and mares 1400m.
Asharani (white) is one of Kris Lees Hot Danish chances. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP
“It is kind of a look and see for the next 48 hours to see if it’s a soft or a bog,” Lees said.
“We have the option there to wait another week with some of them especially if it turns into a bog over the next few days.”
Rosehill was rated a soft (6) on Thursday morning before steady rain fell on Sydney throughout the day.
Some showers are predicted in between now and Saturday’s race time with the track likely to be rated anywhere between a soft (6) and heavy (9).
Wandabaa loves a wet track. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Where it lands will have a strong influence of Lees’ Hot Danish hand.
“I was thinking Wandabaa would be waiting for The Hunter but she is probably the one that handles it the most so if it goes that way she will be a chance,” Lees said.
“El Dorado Dreaming is coming back from a throat issue and seems fine but it might take her a run to bring her right on.
“She has enjoyed a long break and she has never had that before but she doesn’t want a bog.
“Evalina and Asharani are a bit the same. They are racing well but a wet track isn’t what we want either.”
Wandabaa is a $7 chance with TAB.com.au on the back of three straight stakes placings – the latest of which came on a heavy track when runner up in the Nivison.
Evalina ($19) was seventh in the same race while Asharani is a month between runs after a first-up second on good ground.
Robbie Dolan is booked for Wandabaa, Tommy Berry for Evalina, Regan Bayliss for Asharani and Rachel King for El Dorado Dreaming.
Originally published asLees muling over Hot Danish hand
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