Lees hopes for rain at Randwick
Trainer Kris Lees is hoping the rain clouds remain in Sydney ahead of this week's $13million The Everest at Randwick and would prefer a heavy track.
Lees has In Her Time, Le Romain and Graff in the race and with rain forecast for the rest of the week, he is feeling in an upbeat mood.
"I would say Le Romain would be most advantaged by a heavy track however I don't see it being as a negative for any of them," he said. "At 1200m with the sting out of the track, it probably brings Le Romain back to the speedsters a touch.
"He's also Group I winner at 1300m beating Chautauqua on a heavy track."
Despite a CV that includes three Group 1 wins and almost $3million in prizemoney, Le Romain is not fancied by the bookies, but Lees is not concerned.
"I don't think he'll start the rank outsider of the field - put it that way," Lees added. "That said, it's such an even race. Nowhere have I seen a weight-for-age race with a market from $7 to $21. It's incredible really."
Le Romain is 20/1 to win The Everest, with Graff 16/1 and In Her Time 10/1.
It is a huge week for Lees, who also has the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) favourite Smart Melody and second favourite El Dorado Dreaming, as well as several other horses entered for stakes racing in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday.
"It's certainly a big week but honestly there's so much happening you haven't got time to be nervous," Lees said. "On raceday, nerves would only be natural but not at the moment."
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