Lees will have Heredero in top form to see off rivals

Lees will have Heredero in top form to see off rivals

A three-year-old gelding into just his second preparation leads a big charge from leading Newcastle trainer Kris Lees at today’s feature Muswellbrook meeting.

Chances: Kris Lees will be looking for big runs from Heredero, I Am Awesome and No Doubt Acracker at Muswellbrook on Tuesday.Credit:AAP

Irish-bred Heredero shapes as one of the better bets on the card in the final race, a BM58 handicap (1280 metres) for the boys. Peaking fourth run in from a cosy inside draw, the son of Lope De Vega should position up midfield before being unleashed down what is a suitable long final stretch.

But he will need to be on his game to defy the challenges from two runners down in the weights. Kashtan – a Smart Missile five-year-old from the Stephen Jones stable – comes out of a solid closing class 2 run at Gilgandra and should also be peaking fourth run in, while last-start Orange winner in this grade Rawson Crossing is another off-speed runner which looks well placed.

The Lees stable will probably saddle up the first favourite of the day in an open maiden (1000m) with resuming three-year-old filly No Doubt Acracker, which has trialled twice, but will need a dose of luck from a wide barrier.

Then promising mare I Am Awesome, with a stack of owners cheering her on, will be out to lump a big weight and claim her sixth career win from just 17 starts in the BM66 (1450m) Race 3.

Another of the stable’s standout chances comes in the Race 5 Maiden Plate (1450m) at set weights with lightly-raced filly Materiality having only her third start.

A real eye-catcher by Hinchinbrook out of a Rock Of Gibraltar mare, Materiality should have won when held up and forced to chance course a couple of times at Coffs Harbour before flashing late.

She goes up only 1kg from that effort and draws the inside and will appreciate the longer journey and straight.

Best Bets:
Race 5: 10. Materiality
Race 7: 4. Heredero
Best value:
Race 4: 11. Al Pheroz

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