Bedivere flying the flag as Lees heads north to Coffs


Trainer Kris Lees has scratched some key runners but the Newcastle-based horseman still brings a strong team to Coffs Harbour spearheaded by Bedivere dropping back from solid metropolitan efforts at the Canterbury Friday night programs.

The four-year-old son of Camelot looks well placed to make his presence felt in the 2000m Korora Cup. Bedivere is an improving stayer whi is enjoying his best preparation to date and has won his only previous attempt at the distance. He will appreciate the sharp drop in grade and only has to hold his form to be somewhere in the finish again.

Kris Lees will saddle up Bedivere and Warset in the fourth race of a seven-strong card to kick off the week in Coffs.Credit:Getty Images

Lees will also be represented by Warset with stable apprentice Louise Day steering while Salsa Dreaming looks well placed later on.

While the Lees stable will command plenty of respect, don’t overlook the team of local trainer Jim Jarvis. Gangika looks the most likely of his runners, lining up in the class 2 over 800m. The four-year-old mare was recently transferred from John Salanitri and won her first race for her new yard at start No.3.

It has been five weeks between runs which poses a minor query but the daughter of Sepoy is sure to be ready to fire. She draws to get the last shot at her rivals and top jockey Ben Looker stays with her.
Jarvis also sends Texas Target back to the races after a freshen. The last time we saw the striking black mare was in a Highway Handicap at Randwick. She went around at long odds but was only beaten 4.5L by smart galloper Hellenism.

Texas Target, owned by Joe Janiak of Takeover Target fame, raced in restricted room in the straight before diving back to the fence where she refused to shirk her task. She only battled to the line prior to that first-up but looked in need of the run. At the end of her last campaign she won two straight.

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