Not Too Posh to Push onto Stradbroke Handicap 2019

May 28, 2019

Not Too Posh to Push onto Stradbroke Handicap 2019

She was the rank outsider in betting but the Kris Lees-trained Princess Posh ran a brilliant second in last weekend’s Kingsford-Smith Cup behind The Bostonian earning her a shot at Saturday week’s Stradbroke Handicap back at Eagle Farm.

Kris Lees

Trainer Kris Lees will run Kingsford-Smith Cup runner-up Princess Posh in the 2019 Stradbroke Handicap.

The bookies and punters had written off the chances of Lees’ Canford Cliffs five-year-old in the Group 1 $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) following her disappointing lead-up when unplaced in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone.

Princess Posh was not without previous form however, the dual Group 3 winner having finished third from a wide alley (19 of 20) behind Dixie Blossoms back in mid-March’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m).

With Larry Cassidy in the saddle last Saturday the gun mare finished just three-quarters of a length back behind the Tony Pike-trained Kiwi The Bostonian who surprised again backing-up from his Group 1 Doomben 10,000 success to take out another elite level in the sunshine state.

Original plans were for Princess Posh, now a winner of over $750,000 in prize money during her 32-start career, to head to the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale at the Gold Coast this week.

Lees and connections at Australian Bloodstock have put the sale on hold however and will give the mare one more shot at a Group 1 victory returning to the Farm on June 8 for the Group 1 $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

“She ran so well on the weekend, and with a big syndicate they have decided to keep her for another month or so,” Lees told the media on Monday.

“Whether they sell her privately at the end of the season, we will see, but I think she deserves her spot.

“Saturday wasn’t a total surprise but it was good to see her react like that at her first time out in blinkers.

“It was a great ride [by Larry Cassidy] too.”

“She’s pulled up good and will be better placed than she was on Saturday at weight-for-age.”

In the Kingsford-Smith Cup Princess Posh carried 57kg and The Bostonian 59kg.

The Stradbroke Handicap weights have the mare getting in on just 52kg, while The Bostonian has paid the price for his two lead-up Group 1 wins being allocated the 57kg for June 8.

Osborne Bulls received the 58kg topweight for the Stradbrokes, but with the galloper already out for a spell, it will be The Bostonian carrying the most kilos on the day as he attempts the Group 1 treble.

If successful, the gun Kiwi will make history as the heaviest weighted Stradbroke Handicap winner in 27 years.

All-in Stradbroke Handicap 2019 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au currently have Princess Posh listed as a $21 chance to turn the tables on the now $5 favourite The Bostonian who is undefeated in Queensland.

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