Meanwhile, Lees is looking forward to giving Brook Road her second Melbourne start this spring in Saturday’s $120,000 Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.
The God’s Own mare was responsible for an excellent performance under lightswhen a first-up seventh to Buffering in the $450,000 Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 2.
She drew the outside barrier (13), went back to the tail and finished strongly to be on the placegetters’ heels.
Brook Road (Craig Williams) returns from taking on weight-for-age company to her own sex in a Listed event.
“She has trained on strongly since Moonee Valley,” Lees said. “It does look a really nice race for her.”
Market assessors didn’t miss the Newcastle mare’s Valley performance and have listed her as a $5 favorite in earlyAlinghiassessments.
Provided Brook Road races up to expectations on Saturday, she will remain in Melbourne for a further carnival assignment at Flemington on Oaks day (November 5).