Will Lees Express Power Over 2013 Queensland Oaks Rivals?

This Saturday Newcastle-based horseman Kris Lees will launch a double pronged attack on the Queensland Oaks 2013, the favourite of his two fillies being Express Power.

Express Power

Express Power has the ability to bounce back in the 2013 Queensland Oaks this Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

While Lees’ Gold Coast Bracelet runner-up Soapy Star is only rated a $16 chance to win the $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) after her sixth in The Roses last start, their stablemate Express Power is the $9 third fancy in the latest bookmaker.com.au markets.

A nicely-bred Snitzel filly Express Power beat home Soapy Star to win the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) two starts back for her fourth career success.

Despite finishing one further back in the Group 3 The Roses (2000m) when seventh to Dear Demi, current $3.40 top fancy in the Queensland Oaks odds for Eagle Farm this weekend, Express Power is shorter than Soapy Star for the Group 1.

While her pedigree indicates her ability would be best displayed over the sprint distances, Lees believes Express Power will handle the mile and a half of the Oaks and it seems the bookies agree.

So do they have it right? And what chance does she have of defeated the dominant Dear Demi and market mover Gondorkoro ($3.60) in the classic.

#5 Express Power – Horse Form

  • Barrier: 2
  • Jockey: Jim Cassidy
  • Trainer: Kris Lees
  • Owners: Power Thoroughbreds
  • Age: 3YO
  • Gender: Filly
  • Breeding: by Snitzel from Lady’s Delight
  • Career: 10-4-3-1
  • Win: 40%
  • Place: 80%
  • Last 6: 41217
  • Prize Money: $174,955
  • Track: 0-0-0-0
  • Distance: 0-0-0-0
  • Current 2013 Queensland Oaks Odds: $9

Why Express Power Can Score an Upset Queensland Oaks 2013 Result

  • One of the big winners in the barrier draw with gate two
  • Outstanding win in the Gold Coast Bracelet two back
  • Showed ability against smart fillies when a close second to subsequent Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) during the autumn in Sydney
  • Hall of Fame hoop Jim Cassidy retains the ride having been aboard for her two most recent runs
  • Lame after her failed last start as the beaten The Roses favourite so perhaps forgive and forget?
  • Doomben Roses has produced plenty of recent QLD Oaks winner so comes via the right race
  • Boasts the third best Win Rate of the field with 40% and the equal second best Place Rate with 80% – both impressive figures that suggest ability

Why Express Power Won’t Win the 2013 Queensland Oaks

  • Something went amiss last start when beaten nearly four lengths in The Roses, needs to really improve on that to get the better of Dear Demi and Gondokoro here
  • Could this distance be too much? Never seen more than 2000m before
  • Is she back to full health after being reported as lame after The Roses?
  • Looking more and more likely the Queensland Oaks will be run on a Heavy track and she’s never seen worse than Dead
  • Yet to see track or distance

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