Leading trainer Kris Lees has made the Parramatta Cup his own in recent years and he is looking to pull off a three-peat at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Newcastle-based conditioner has used the race to perfection in recent years to start the autumn preparations of imported stayers in his stable.
Red Cardinal kicked 2019 off with a win in the race before Mustajeer repeated the feat last year.
The 2019 Parramatta Cup winner Red Cardinal. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
On Saturday, Mustajeer will attempt to defend his title while the Australian Bloodstock colours will also be carried by Raheen House and the latest international addition to the stable Collide.
“There’s probably a question mark whether Mustajeer is going as good as he was when he won this race last year, but he will love getting his toe in the ground,” Lees said.
“It’s probably too short for Raheen House but being rain affected will help him.
“He only performs when there is cut in the ground.
“They’re probably heading towards races like the Tancred, Chairman’s Handicap and the Sydney Cup.”
Mustajeer wins the 2020 Parramatta Cup. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Hugh Bowman rides Mustajeer, an $18 chance while Raheen House is at $34 and will be ridden by Nash Rawiller.
Collide is clearly the most interesting runner of the trio of former Northern Hemisphere gallopers.
Previously trained by Hugo Palmer, the son of Frankel won six of his 16 British and French starts and made his way to Australia after finishing out of the placings in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) at Deauville in France.
The Prix Kergorlay has proved a profitable future form reference for Northern Hemisphere horses in Australia, producing three Melbourne Cup winners Americain (2010), Dunaden (2011) and Protectionist (2014), also raced by Australian Bloodstock, 2018 Melbourne Cup runner up Marmelo.
Raheen House winning the Chairman’s Quality during the autumn last year. Photo: Matt King/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Red Cardinal ran in the Prix Kergorlay prior to his arrival on our shores and another Australian feature race winner syndicated by Australian Bloodstock, Ashrun also ran in the French staying contest in August last year.
Collide makes his Aussie debut on Saturday and Lees is excited to see what the future holds for the six-year-old stallion.
“I liked his trial and he’s given us the indication at home he could show up in a shorter race like this,” he said.
“The formbook suggests he’ll probably need up to a mile and a half to show his best, but you do find sometimes when they come here, they can sprint well fresh and he did win twice under 2000 metres early in his career.
Kris Lees. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“I get the impression he will handle our wet tracks but until he does it is a small query.
“He’s a nice enough horse and at home he’s indicated to me that he’s got enough speed to show up in a 10-furlong race.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do on Saturday.”
Collide holds autumn carnival entries in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sydney Cup.
Brenton Avdulla will ride Collide, a $5.50 chance on Saturday.
Originally published asKris Lees on a collision course for another Parramatta Cup win
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