KRIS Lees will save Sense Of Occasion for the Hill Stakes or group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick after the Doomben Cup winner was slugged 62 kilograms for Friday’s Cameron Handicap (1500m) at Newcastle.
The leading Newcastle trainer was targetting the group 3 Cameron with Invincible Gem and Sound Proposition but also nominated Sense Of Occasion this week.
The seven-year-old gelding, fourth in the Newcastle Cup last year, was eighth first-up in the Chelmsford Stakes on September 2.
Lees was considering a Cameron shot with Sense Of Occasion before running him at the September 30 Randwick meeting but said on Tuesday he won’t race this week because of the impost, which was 1.5kg more than second topweight Ecuador.
He was hopeful of Sense Of Occasion getting 60kg and said 62kg was “ridiculous”.
While Sound Proposition (59kg) looks set to start in the $150,000 Cameron, Lees said Invincible Gem’s target remained unknown.
The Missile Stakes winner is also nominated for the $150,000 group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle as well as Saturday’s group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White (George Main) Stakes (1600m) versus Winx and the $150,000 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick.
Other Hunter hopes in the Cameron are Scone trainer Brett Cavanough’s The Virginian and Newcastle trainer Jay Hopkins’ Got Unders. Both were bottom weights at 54kg. Acceptances are on Wednesday.