Motspur a knockout chance

BROADMEADOW trainer Kris Lees rates his galloper Motspur a knockout chance in the listed Carrington Stakes (1100metres) at Randwick this afternoon.

The eight-year-old is his only runner at the meeting and has been freshened since his latest outing, when he worked home well against the bias to finish sixth in a Benchmark 95 (1100m) at Rosehill on December 4.

‘‘He is drawn unfavourably but I think that he is capable up in this grade,’’ Lees said.

‘‘There are a couple of smart ones in against him, but his latest effort suggests that if he gets the right run then he will be more than competitive.’’

Lees rates the Joseph Pride-trained Electric Dreams as the one to beat.

Electric Dreams is the winner of three races from 10 starts, but she has not raced since finishing 13th in the listed Nivison Stakes at Randwick on September 25.

‘‘She is pretty smart and two starts back did lead them up in the Sheraco Stakes at Rosehill before finishing fourth, only two lengths behind More Joyous,’’ Lees said.

Electric Dreams has been successful in two of her four previous first-up performances and looked good in winning a 900m barrier trial at Rosehill on December 21.

Border Rebel and Cardinal Virtue loom as the other main hopes.

Border Rebel lumped 58.5kilograms to victory two starts ago on a heavy track in the Takeover Target Stakes at Gosford before battling on well after being pressured in the lead to finish sixth in the Ramornie Handicap at Grafton on July 14.

The Tamworth galloper has not raced since but is again being asked to lump the grandstand with 60kg, but he is the winner at eight of his past 10 outings.

Cardinal Virtue is on the quick back-up after an impressive win in a Benchmark 85 at Randwick on Sunday.

Lees will be out to emulate his late father Max by winning a Carrington Stakes.

‘‘Dad won the race a couple of times including once with Snippets,’’ he said.

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