Lees Hopes BMW Run Can Set Import Up For Sydney Cup Tilt

Trainer Kris Lees believes Protectionist (Monsun) will benefit from the step up in trip in tomorrow’s The BMW (registered as HE Tancred Stakes) (Gr 1, 2400m) at Rosehill.

Earlier in the year, Lees had spoken of his hope that he could work with Protectionist to help the horse utilise his late speed to best effect in races of around 2000 metres but he now admits the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner is best suited over longer trips.

Tomorrow’s race has long been the target for Protectionist and Lees told ANZ Bloodstock News he is hopeful his charge will put up a better performance than when finishing eighth in the Australian Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) at his most recent start.

“From day one when we started putting a bit of pressure on him, he’s shown us he is a genuine two mile horse,” Lees said.

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Stud News

Host And Kaphero To Relocate

Swettenham Stud stallions Host (Hussonet) and Kaphero (Danzero) have been relocated from the stud’s Nagambie property to new homes in South Australia and New South Wales.

Host, the sire of last year’s Weekend Hussler Stakes (Listed, 1400m) winner Hosting, will transfer to Willow Grove Stud in South Australia, while Kaphero, himself a Group Three-winning sprinter, will head to Riverdene Stud in NSW.
Willow Grove owner Ralph Satchell is delighted to have Host switching to his property and said: “His only colt at the 2015 Adelaide Magic Millions sold for $55,000.

“Some of Host’s best progeny, like (Australian Derby second) Philippi, have been sold overseas but there’s plenty more in the pipeline.

“He covered over 120 mares in 2012 and those foals are rising two-year-olds. In the meantime, horses like Hong Kong Captain will help promote bookings this year; Lindsay Park reckon he’s a Group One winner of the future.”

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