This Saturday Kris Lees’ sassily named filly Brannickers (Bra ‘n’ Knickers) will look to prove her potential for a trip north for the 2013 Queensland Oaks when she runs in a Rosehill handicap in Sydney.
The Broadmeadow-based Lees explained the three-year-old filly’s name was anchored in her breeding as her sire is Darci Brahma and her dam Nikki’s Bride, creating the opportunity for the cheeky word play.
“It’s a play on words and the owners were being a bit cheeky, but it’s a clever name,” Lees said.
The name aside the filly is quickly proving her potential on the track having won three and run top three in another two of her eight career starts to date.
Progressing through the ranks this time in Brannickers was last seen winning third-up at Gosford at the start of the month when putting an easy one and three quarter lengths on Crown Of Snippets to win a Benchmark 85 over the mile.
Christian Reith was aboard for that victory and retains the ride this weekend when the filly seeks back-to-back wins as she steps out over further than a mile (1600m) for the first time in the $85,000 Sportingbet Handicap (1900m).
“The extra distance is no worry,” Lees said.
“She has been looking out for it. The more ground the better for her.”
Getting in with 54.5kg she has come up with the inside alley and currently occupies the fourth line of betting at a quote of $7.50 through bookmaker.com.au – markets led by the David Payne-trained Redoute’s Choice colt Laser Flash ($4.40).
A good run on Saturday and it could be off to the sunshine state for Brannickers with Lees eyeing off the coveted $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 1.
“She is qualified and now it is a case of whether Brannickers warrants taking to Brisbane,” Lees said.
“If she runs well on Saturday, she might have one more race before Brisbane.”
Queensland Oaks betting is already open at bookmaker.com.au with markets led by last spring’s Crown Oaks champ Dear Demi ($4.50) while Brannickers is only rated a $34 outsider.
Lees main Queensland Oaks hope meanwhile is $6 second pick Express Power, the Snitzel filly in flying form backing up from a second to Royal Descent in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 13 with her good win from a bad gate (13 of 14) in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on May 4.
Along with Brannickers Express Power could also be joined in the 2013 Queensland Oaks field by stablemates Soapy Star ($18) who ran second in the Gold Coast Bracelet and last start Newcastle winner Masroora ($41).
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