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29 March
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Filly on track for Oaks

KRIS LEESPREMIER Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is giving Queensland Oaks favourite Express Power every chance of gaining group1 glory.
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Express Power is the $4.50 favourite on TAB fixed odds betting in the $400,000 classic for three-year-old fillies on June1 over 2400metres.

Express Power will have her final lead-up to the Oaks on Saturday in the group3 Doomben Roses at Doomben over 2020m.

Lees has Express Power stabled at the Gold Coast while in Queensland.

Early yesterday morning she was taken to Doomben for a vital trackwork gallop on the course proper.

‘‘The Gold Coast was very heavy so I took the chance to give Express Power a look at the track before Saturday’s race,’’ Lees said.

‘‘She has never seen Doomben before, and she really took to the place.

‘‘Jimmy Cassidy will stick with her on Saturday, but I asked his brother Larry to ride her in the gallop.

‘‘He worked her on the outside of the course proper. The track was rain-affected, but in any case she wasn’t sent out to go against the clock.

‘‘My foreman, Cameren Swan, watched the work and he was more than happy with what the filly did.’’

Express Power became favourite for the Oaks after a dominant win in the Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on May4. Ridden off the pace from an awkward barrier, the filly was too strong over the concluding stages for stablemate Soapy Star.

Soapy Star, which will also run in the Doomben Roses, returned to Newcastle after the run at the Gold Coast.

Lees thought about running her at Scone over the cup carnival. But she will be floated to Queensland later in the week in preparation for her run in the Doomben Roses.

‘‘We will give Soapy Star another chance on Saturday to see whether we also proceed to the Oaks with her,’’ Lees said.

A track gallop at Broadmeadow this morning will determine whether Lees has a third Doomben Roses representative. Impressive Newcastle winner Masroora has been entered for both the Roses and Sunday’s Warwick Farm meeting.

While Express Power heads fixed odds Oaks betting at $4.50, Soapy Star is at $21 and Masroora $34.

‘‘I want to have a look at Masroora tomorrow morning before deciding which way to go with her,’’ Lees said yesterday.

‘‘She is also showing staying promise and if I do get three runners in the Oaks that would be great.’’

 
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