Kris Lees is tackling the Hot Danish Stakes meeting at Rosehill Gardens with three runners.
But he is finding it difficult to split Nicoletta (Rachel King), and El Dorado Dreaming (Andrew Gibbons) in the Group 2 feature for various reasons.
New Zealand mare Nicoletta, a five-times winner at home (including a Group 1 earlier in the year) and who races in the same colours as Lucia Valentina, is making her debut for Lees as her racetrack career nears an end.
Another Group 1 winner El Dorado Dreaming is attempting to recapture winning form, as is blueblood Miss Fabulass, who is fitter for two runs since resuming.
“Nicoletta is in foal and, provided her form warrants, can race on until around February,” Lees said.
“I’m still learning about her and feel certain she will be better for the run although she won a five-horse 1000m barrier trial on the Beaumont track on October 30.
“El Dorado Dreaming was placed in two Group 1s against her own sex in the autumn, including the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.
“She usually is better for one run back, but hasn’t raced since resuming in mid-September.
“El Dorado Dreaming trialled well on the Beaumont track the same day as Nicoletta, finishing second to Graff over 1000m.
The Hot Danish, previously known as the Breeders Classic and run in mid-February, has been moved to a new date with a prizemoney boost to $500,000.
Lees also runs Angel Of Heaven (Jason Collett) in the Benchmark 78 Handicap (2400m).
Angel Of Heaven raced really well in Brisbane in the winter, being placed in the Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) before a close fourth in the Queensland Oaks (2400m).
“She has been placed at all three runs this time, and getting to 2400m shouldn’t present any problems,” Lees said.
“I’m expecting her to be hard to beat.”
– Lees Racing