Kris Lees Handed Reins of In Her Time and El Dorado Dreaming

The situation simply screams out to us so much that we find it irresistible to mention that you should never look a gift horse in the mouth.

The recent incident involving trainer Ben Smith being sent to the trainers’ sin bin for a spell that resulted in Kris Lees being handed the preparation duties for In Her Time and El Dorado Dreaming supplies a literal example of the old adage.

We already have our hands up if Waller decides he would like to spend more time with his family and send his old mare our way.

Racing NSW stewards gave their blessing to the transfer, so by a stroke of good fortune such that we would recommend buying at least one of every kind of lotto ticket on which he can get his hands, Lees has added Group 1 winners to his operation.

In Her Time has a slot in The Everest in just over a month’s time. She has the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100 m) from March of 2018, a second in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350 m) and a third in the Group 1 Tatts Tiara (1350 m), along with wins and high placings in numerous other stakes races.

Eight wins and five placings from 20 starts, along with over $2 million in prizemoney surely put a spring in Lees’ step when he suddenly found himself with In Her Time on his hands.

El Dorado Dreaming is just three, but as the winner of the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400 m) at Randwick in April 2018, along with a third in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes on the same course, Lees is certainly dreaming of the young filly’s potential.

El Dorado Dreaming is running in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes this Saturday at Randwick.

Ben Smith is of course appealing, and if successful, he may be contacting Lees to get his horses back.

If and when Smith calls, we would expect Lees to ask, “Who dis?”

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