Lees expects Award ceremony

Lees expects Award ceremony

IT should be a case of third time lucky for the comeback of former promising stayer Award Season at Rosehill on Saturday.

Trainer Kris Lees has scratched the eight-year-old twice because of wet tracks in recent weeks but with a favourable forecast he’ll tackle a 1900m Benchmark race for what will be his first run since March 2013.

The former French stayer burst onto the scene a few months earlier with a string of wins that had him talked about as a potential Cups prospect.

“I think he looked like being a genuine Group horse and we probably won’t see that now but we’re happy to see him back at the track’’, Lees said.

“I’m not prepared to run him first-up on a bog track and he doesn’t have a wet-track profile.’’

In the 32 months since Award Season last raced he’s sustained three tendon injuries, so the fact he’s even able to return to the track is a testament to the care he’s been afforded.

Lees said it has been a slow process and he’s keen to see whether the gelding still retains an interest in racing.

“I don’t do a lot of gallops with him so I can’t get a strong line on him’’, he said.

“He does a lot of alternate work on a treadmill and a lot of slow work.

“All the riders say he still has the zest he had but in all fairness he’ll take a couple of runs to switch on.’’

Kris Lees has a race like the Summer Cup (2000m) or Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) around Christmas on the radar if Award Season hits form.

Kris Lees has a race like the Summer Cup (2000m) or Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) around Christmas on the radar if Award Season hits form.Source:News Corp Australia

Award Season will likely have a couple of starts at 1900m before Lees steps him up to a true staying trip.

A race like the Summer Cup (2000m) or Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) around Christmas could be on the radar if he finds form.

“When we get him out to a mile and a half we should see the best of him’’, he said.

“We just want to see how he goes before we put any pressure on him.’’

Lees also has Olympic Academy nominated for the 1900m event but is likely to reserve him for a race on Friday week, while Magic Of Dreams will probably run in a 1400m race at Rosehill in preference to Canterbury on Wednesday where she has drawn wide.

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