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Kris Lees’ stable is looking better than ever ahead of the autumn after scoring a double victory at the Canterbury meeting on Wednesday.
The trainer will prepare both Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) winner Lucia Valentina as well as $6.3 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner Protectionist from his Newcastle stable, however his formidable team has gotten two more players after Gold Seventy Seven and Olympic Academy won their respective races on Wednesday.
Three-year-old colt Gold Seventy Seven impressively won the TAB Place Multi Handicap (1250m) five lengths clear of second and third Liberty Island and Eminent Duke, making it two wins from two starts after claiming the Australia CG&E Maiden Handicap (1200m) on debut last month.
The colt was firm favourite to win on Wednesday and hoop Hugh Bowman is confident he’ll be one to watch come the autumn after ranging up to the leaders in the straight and racing away.
“I’d say he’d measure up to black-type in the future,” Bowman told Sky Racing.
“I felt he’d find a good couple of lengths when I asked him to go but he sustained it which is always a good sign.
“To come back under me, get around the track his first time here then balance up and get going is a really good effort.”
Stable mate Olympic Academy rounded out Lees’ winning double on Wednesday when the four-year-old gelding won the Tab.com.au Handicap (1900m) with Jim Cassidy in the saddle.
The three-time winner won a neck away from runner-up Palasport and half a length away from favourite Diamondsinthenight. This is Olympic Academy’s second campaign however after 11 career starts he has yet to race at stakes level.
This could quickly turn around as both Gold Seventy Seven and Olympic Academy get prepared for the autumn by Lees.
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