Saunter Boy Gets The Nod For Queensland Cup

Drying track conditions have influenced Kris Lees to give Saunter Boy the nod over stablemate Doukhan in Saturday's Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm.

DOUKHAN
DOUKHAN  Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images

Lees has also opted to put blinkers on the imported Saunter Boy in the Listed feature over the marathon 3200m.

The Eagle Farm track has been rated a Good 4, conditions Lees believes will give Saunter Boy an advantage over the veteran Doukhan, a fellow import who is an accomplished wet tracker.

"Doukhan is going terrific, and you can never underestimate him at 3200m but the drier track suits Saunter Boy," Lees said.

"I've put blinkers on him to try to keep him in the race better."

Larry Cassidy will ride the six-year-old Saunter Boy while Ron Stewart has the mount on rising 11-year-old Doukhan. Both horses race in the Australian Bloodstock colours.

Saunter Boy has raced three times since joining the Lees team, the latest when fifth to Igraine in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on a Heavy 10 at the Sunshine Coast on June 29.

Doukhan was a gallant second to Melbourne visitor Azuro in the Stayers' Cup over 3200m at Rosehill Gardens on a Heavy 9 the same day.

Lees has decided to begin a new campaign with another Australian Bloodstock representative Designer Maid at Eagle Farm rather than send her to the Randwick meeting on Saturday.

His decision was made easier when she drew awkwardly at Randwick where the rail is out 12 metres from the 1600m to the winning post and 10m for the remainder of the circuit.

Designer Maid will take on her own age at Eagle Farm in the 3YO Handicap (1000m) with Lees confident she will be competitive coming back from an operation.

"Designer Maid had a knee chip cleaned up which is the reason she hasn't raced since last December," Lees explained.

"I'm very happy with the way she is progressing. Her trials have been good, she has drawn a soft gate at Eagle Farm and is ready to go."

Designer Maid has won three of her four starts and is unbeaten in two recent trials, scoring easily at Newcastle over 800m on June 14 and again over 900m at Muswellbrook 12 days later.

Lees has another four acceptors at Randwick but Stella Sea Sun and Power Of Wexford are not certain starters.

Loveisili and Milseain will represent the stable in the Benchmark 78 Handicap (1800m).

Loveisili, yet another Australian Bloodstock import, is coming off a freshen up after banking three wins in succession at Hawkesbury, Canterbury and Warwick Farm.

"I feel he is set for another good preparation," Lees said. "He is a lightly-raced rising five-year-old, and looks as though he can take the next step."

Lees is looking at the $80,000 Taree Cup (2000m) – a race he won with Slivovitz in 2014 and Olympic Academy in 2016 – for Loveisili ahead of the Wyong and Newcastle Cups in September.


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Eagle Farm

Saturday, 20th July 2019

7
15:27
(local)

Triple M's Big B'fast Qld Cup (LR)

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $200,000
3200m TURF GOOD
7
15:27
(local)
AUD $200,000
3200m GOOD

Triple M's Big B'fast Qld Cup (LR)

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 5. AZURO (FR) 5yo G
MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - ANTHROPOLOGIE (IRE)
MATTHEW MC GILLIVRAY
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$2.75
54.0kg
Oti Racing (Mgrs: T Henderson & S Driscoll), L Webb, Ms D McKeown, Ms M Webb, J Woodbridge, Ms T Jeans, M Wood, W & Mrs V Pelchen, T & Mrs B Porter, D & Mrs D Miller, J & Mrs J Spence, Kiwiana Synd, Benmac Racing, Marlo Hotel No.2 & Uthmeyer Racing

Sales Information

2nd 7. SOCIAL ELEMENT (NZ) 5yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - PARE (NZ)
R FRADD
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$9.00
54.0kg
G & C Pastoral Co Pty Ltd (Mgr: V C Oldfield), G G B Macdonald, J D Deague, R H Kirby, D P Maher, P J Mullen & G Singh

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3rd 1. YOGI (NZ) 6yo G
RAISE THE FLAG (GB) - MALOZZA (AUS)
RYAN MALONEY
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$4.00
60.0kg
Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: D P Dance), Brittain Racing (Mgr: P L Brittain), Mangan Racing (Mgr: T G Mangan), D R Wagner, O F Kelly, S N Davidson, M E Basile, T J Little, M L Byrne, A G Cid, B R Fellows & S M Frost

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4th 4. SAUNTER BOY (FR) 6yo G
MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - MARIE DES FLEURS (FR)
LARRY CASSIDY
KRIS LEES
$6.50
55.0kg

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5th 3. SAMPSON (NZ) 9yo G
DUBAI DESTINATION (USA) - MAGIC STAR (AUS)
MICHAEL CAHILL
H W MATHEWS
$21.00
55.0kg

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6th 6. DOUKHAN (IRE) 10yo G
DANSILI (GB) - LUNA WELLS (IRE)
RON STEWART
KRIS LEES
$6.00
54.0kg

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7th 2. EXOTERIC (GB) 6yo G
CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB) - SHORT DANCE (USA)
JIM BYRNE
CHRIS WALLER
$17.00
56.5kg

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8th 10. I'LL MISS YOU (AUS) 7yo M
TERANABA (AUS) - SARAB MISS (AUS)
JAKE BAYLISS
MS J PRATTEN
$101.00
54.0kg

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9th 11. HANG (AUS) 4yo G
CLANG (AUS) - GODSANA (AUS)
DALE SMITH
MICHAEL NOLAN
$151.00
54.0kg
10th 8. TRAVISTEE (NZ) 5yo M
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - JE SUIS (NZ)
TIFFANI BROOKER
PAUL JENKINS
$26.00
54.0kg
11th 12. HUSSON'S PRIDE (AUS) 4yo G
HUSSON (ARG) - SCHIPPER (AUS)
LUKE TARRANT
KELLY DOUGHTY
$101.00
54.0kg

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