Talented gelding Leebaz was a standout performer through the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival, and is reportedly in great condition ahead of his racing resumption in Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick.
Posting a commendable race record of six wins and a further three minor places over his 12 start career so far, Leebaz has not been seen at the races since charging home for an impressive fourth in the featured Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 8th.
Thrilled with the form and class displayed by the son of Zabeel over the last fortnight, co-trainer Michael Hawkes revealed the team is confident of a competitive performance in the 2015 Canterbury Stakes ahead of an autumn campaign geared towards The Championships.
“We accepted with him,” Hawkes said.
“He trialled really good last Friday at Warwick Farm behind those good sprinters.
“He wasn’t asked to do much and he only had a short prep last time in.
“In saying that we have always been targeting this autumn with him and hopefully you will see him bob up in races during The Championships.
“He is really, really good and he is going to run a really good race on Saturday.”
Returning in 2014 for back-to-back victories in minor Sydney races over 1400m and a mile respectively, Leebaz charged home for a close second to Weary in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on April 5th before taking out the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m) on May 3rd.
Earning a trip north for a maiden tilt at the highest level of racing, Leebaz jumped from the gates well in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), and while appearing to be the winner leading onto the final straight, was pipped on the line by classy mare Streama.
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