Newcastle trainer Kris Lees believes four-year-old mare Upscale will make the jump to black-type racing – whether it happens next month in Brisbane or not.
Upscale claimed the last, an 1100-metre handicap, with a bold front-running display at Rosehill on Saturday to make it three wins from her six starts in Sydney following a victory on debut at Newcastle.
Brenton Avdulla used the Exceed and Excel mare’s natural gate speed to take her to the front and she showed strength at the finish to hold out Secret Trail by 0.3 of a length.
Lees was still weighing up on Sunday a trip to Brisbane for Upscale to give her a first crack at listed company.
“There’s a stakes race in a couple of weeks but whether she’s ready to take that jump, I’m not sure yet,” Lees said. “She’ll get there eventually though.
“I think she’ll have another run, whether it’s in Brisbane or here. Then we’ll put her away for the autumn. I think she’ll be effective if we step her up in trip in time, but she can’t do more than what she’s doing at the moment.”
Lees had also entered Upscale for a 1200m race on the program but decided on the 1100m event. The victory followed her last-race win at Rosehill on October 29 with Avdulla aboard.
It also capped a successful week for the Lees stable, which had eight victories in five days across the state. The other winners were Glitra and Sam’s Oscar (Port Macquarie), Hamoon Dream (Warwick Farm), Just Dreaming and Calypso Bay (Wyong), Deneeky (Muswellbrook) and Invincible Gem (Canterbury).
AAP reported: As she did a few weeks ago, Upscale gave jockey Brenton Avdulla something to smile about at the end of a long day at Rosehill.
Avdulla had a full book of rides on Saturday's nine-race program but it took until the last event to get his name on the winners' list when the Kris Lees-trained mare held off Secret Trail to win theTAB.com.au (1100m).
The jockey started the day equal with Tim Clark on the Sydney premiership and had the opportunity to go clear with his rival riding in Perth and was grateful for Upscale.
"She's done a good job and she did the same about a month ago when I'd had a bad day," Avdulla said.