Brook Road to Miss 2014 Just Now Quality

Despite an impressive stakes win at Doomben last weekend connections of the Kris Lees-trained Brook Road will not press onto the Just Now Quality 2014 back at the track Saturday week.

Brook Road

Brook Road is in the spelling paddock ahead of a 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival return next year. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The $80,000 Listed Just Now Quality (1300m) for fillies and mares o December 13 looked the logical next step for the Newcastle-trained God’s Own mare after she beat home Queensland Oaks winner Tinto by a half-length in the Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m).

That was the four-year-olds’ maiden Brisbane run and she saluted for the punters having started favourite after some nice lead-up form in Sydney including a close second behind Avoid Lightning in the Group 3 Nivison Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 18.

Lees however has opted not to continue on in Queensland with her this time in and chase back-to-back stakes races.

Instead Brook Road has returned to Sydney for a spell ahead of an autumn return back in her home state early next year believing she would be too heavily weighted in the Just Now Quality to perform at her best.

“Given it is a handicap, she would be open to a good penalty from that win last Saturday and wouldn’t be as well suited,” he told the Racing Network on Tuesday.

“We gave it some thought but there is also not a lot of time between now and the autumn so it was decided to bring her home.

“She did a good job up there, she got the result that we wanted.”

Previously prepared by James & Bart Cummings, Brook Road has now had four runs for Lees and has finished top three in all of them.

That’s form he hopes she can build on in the autumn as he chases bigger and better things with the progressive and lightly-raced mare who has now won four of her nine career starts.

“She showed she is pretty effective at six furlongs (1200m), she likes the speed on and can hit the line quite strongly,” Lees said.

A possible early autumn option over that distance should she prove capable enough is the $175,000 Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) at Rosehill on February 14.

There is also a chance Lees could take her to Melbourne for a shot at the Group 1 sprints including the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 21.

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