Lee plans Cup assault
STEPHEN LEE is planning to stick a fork in the Beef Week Cup – a four-pronged assault on the Casino Racing Club’s $20,000 jewel.
And he has enlisted two city winners, a country cups king and a proven Casino performer to do the job tomorrow – his runners make up almost one-third of the field.
Stable star Felixtrinidad, fresh from a win on the Gold Coast, will lead the charge in the 1400m feature event.
Apprentice Ben Looker has been booked to ride the six-year-old, which has racked up more than $150,000 prizemoney for connections.
Kyros, a $100,000 yearling, will be Lee’s second runner.
The son of Snowland is going down the path of a non-winner after saluting just twice in 25 starts, but will be back to his right class in the Beef Week Cup.
The five-year-old was second in All Our Way’s 2009 Ballina Cup but his recent efforts include unplaced runs at Grafton and Doomben.
Crowd favourite Surety appears a likely candidate.
The Northern Rivers country cups king could extend his reputation by adding the Beef Week Cup to the Kyogle, Bangalow, Byron Bay and Lennox Head cups he has won since transferring to Lee from Robbie Griffiths.
Glen Lynch will take the ride and the horse will barely know himself with 54kg after lugging heavy weights in its past few starts – if he can get out of the gates and set the pace he may not get run down.
Rounding out Lee’s hand in the feature is Train Wreck.
The mare doesn’t have the record of most gallopers in the race, but one thing in her favour is that she is the only horse not trained on-track to have tasted victory at Casino.
Train Wreck has drawn the inside gate with Peter Graham to take the ride.