The King of Newcastle Kris Lees will attack the Group I $1.5 million Tancred Stakes 2400m with three runners in an attempt to overcome the two favourites.
Last Saturday’s Ranvet Stakes runner-up and multiple group I winner Verry Elleegant is favourite around $2.10 with the defending champion of 12 months ago Avilius the $5 second pick.
“Being a realist if Verry Elleegant goes as good as she went last Saturday we will struggle to beat her,” Lees said.
Lees’ boom galloper Mugatoo had won three from three since arriving in Australia until last Saturday when beaten by the European Young Rascal in the Group III N.E Manion Cup (2400m).
“He was out-toughed last week,” Lees said.
“But that run will help him. I do think the seven day back up is a big bonus.
“Kerrin McEvoy thought he’d been going a bit keen, so the quick turn around and we will likely ride him a bit further back.
“If he switches off, I am sure we will see the turn of speed we know he has.
“He isn’t well placed at weight-for-age but he deserves his place that’s for sure.”
Mustajeer is the stable runner that has been set for the Tancred Stakes right from the get go this preparation.
“If you go back to the spring his Caulfield Cup run was first class,” Lees said.
“To our eye he didn’t see the two miles out in the Melbourne Cup so when we looked to the autumn the Tancred looked the perfect race.
“His first-up run and win was very good. Last start he probably got a little bit too far back and also ran into a pretty good one of Hawkes’.
“Nash (Rawiller) takes over and from a soft draw I’d imagine he will be a little bit closer.”
The third of Lees runners and also the third of the Australian Bloodstock syndicated horses is Danceteria who faces a tough task according to the bookies.
“He is still progressing and has good upside but this is a tough task,” Lees said.
“I have put the blinkers on him to sharpen him up.
“The track was probably too wet for him last start so a drier surface will help him run well.”