Just Dreaming gives trainer Kris Lees Coolmore Classic hopes

Just Dreaming winning on Saturday. Picture: bradleyphotos.com.au
Just Dreaming winning on Saturday. Picture: bradleyphotos.com.au

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is looking to the Coolmore Classic next year with Just Dreaming after she recorded fighting back-to-back Rosehill wins on Saturday.

A $450,000 buy from the 2015 Inglis Easter sales, Just Dreaming made it four wins from eight starts with a narrow victory in a benchmark 73 handicap (1400m). In a repeat of her win two weeks earlier, the three-year-old brought the field up to the leader then fought back under pressure over the closing stages.

"She is building up a good record and fought back to win in a race with speed on suiting the ones behind," Lees told AAP.

"Her last 50 metres, she can look beaten but she fights.

"I don't want to throw her to the wolves yet but we could look at a race like the Coolmore Classic in the autumn."

The win took Lees to 136 victories for the season nationwide. He sits sixth on the Australian trainers’ premiership. 

Lees is third on the NSW table on 132, now only five behind former Godolphin boss John O’Shea, who is no longer training this season.