Past Winners

2018 The Provincial Championship Final – Royal Randwick

Kris Lees provided almost half the field for the Provincial Championships Final and it was a very promising mare in Serene Miss who proved superior. A winner of five of her six starts going into the Final, the four-year-old was presented with a perfect run by Jason Collett and she chimed in with about 300m to run. From there it was plain sailing and Serene Miss held over a length on a slightly unlucky Newsfan, who dashed through late, with Plaisir running on from last to claim the minor prize. Easing favourite Just Dreaming finished sixth.

Race Record: 1-21.80 SERENE MISS 2018


2018 Winner: Serene Miss
2nd Newsfan
3rd Plaisir
Time/Track 1:21.80 (Good 4)

2017 Winner: Maryore
2nd Better Not Blue
3rd Ziganui
Time/Track 1:25.73 (Heavy 8)

2016 Winner: Danish Twist
2nd Powerline
3rd His Majesty
Time/Track 1:23.91 (Soft 6)

2015 Winner: Sure And Fast
2nd Electric Power
3rd Oxford Poet
Time/Track 1:24.30 (Heavy)

Wyong - 2018 Provincial Championships Qualifier

Kris Lees was always going to have a strong hand in the Provincial Championships and one of his leading hopes Just Dreaming was sent out favourite and showed her class with a dominant performance to win the opening heat of 2018. The mare, ridden by Aaron Bullock, raced wide throughout and looked to have conceded too much ground around the turn but once she balanced up she powered over the top of the Kim Waugh-trained Manhattan Mist to score. It was a game effort from the runner-up while Brad Widdup’s consistent mare Witches charged home late to snatch third and also qualify for the Final.

Race Record: 1:17.50 SUPREME EFFORT 2016


2018 Winner: Just Dreaming
2nd Manhattan Mist
3rd Witches
Time/Track 1:18.60 (Good 4)

2017 Winner: Noble Joey
2nd Better Not Blue
3rd Princess Posh
Time/Track 1:19.37 (Good 3)

2016 Winner: Supreme Effort
2nd His Majesty (IRE)
3rd Better Not Blue
Time/Track 1:17.50 (Good 3)

2015 Winner: Sure And Fast
2nd Selectify
3rd Radical Impact
Time/Track 1:19.31 (Good)

2018 Kembla Grange Provincial Championships Qualifier

Gwenda Markwell is always hard to beat in her home track Qualifier and so it was again in 2018 as the lightly raced three-year-old filly Mandylion, at just her fourth start, led all the way to take out the Kembla Grange heat. Ridden confidently by Jess Taylor, Mandylion gave a strong kick in the straight and held off another local in Old Man Sam, trained by Mick Tubman, who charged down the outside when the race was all over while Kris Lees has yet another qualifier with import Tawfiq Boy clinging onto third after trying to go with the winner in the home straight.

Race Record: 1:23.20 DARCI MAGIC (NZ) 2015


2018 Winner: Mandylion
2nd Old Man Sam
3rd Tawfiq Boy
Time/Track 1:24.86 (Heavy 8)

2017 Winner: Maryore
2nd Ziganui
3rd Virgilio
Time/Track 1:25.10 (Heavy 9)

2016 Winner: Unequivocal
2nd Danish Twist
3rd Parraay
Time/Track 1:24.86 (Soft 5)

2015 Winner: Darci Magic (NZ)
2nd O’Rielley’s Revenge (NZ)
3rd Parraay
Time/Track 1:23.20 (Good)

2018 Newcastle - Provincial Championships Qualifier

Leading local trainer Kris Lees was always going to dominate the Newcastle qualifier and he was able to take his tally of runners in this year’s Final to six with handy mare Princess Posh posting a first-up win and stablemate Kool Vinnie claiming third place. Princess Posh was expertly handled by Jeff Penza from a wide gate and she finished full of running to beat a luckless Bon Amis who was held up for runs through the field after getting a long way back but arrived in time to split the Lees gallopers.

Race Record: 1:22.47 MAGIC OF DREAMS 2015


2018 Winner: Princess Posh
2nd Bon Amis
3rd Kool Vinnie
Time/Track 1:22.95 (Good 4)

2017 Winner: Clevedon Bay
2nd Calabasas
3rd Pacific Reign
Time/Track 1:22.04 (Good 4)

2016 Winner: Hetty Heights
2nd Marple Miss
3rd Electric Power
Time/Track 1:20.75 (Heavy 8)

2016 Qualifier held at Wyong after the Newcastle meeting was called off due to the state of the track.

2015 Winner: Magic Of Dreams
2nd Oxford Poet
3rd Slots
Time/Track 1:22.47 (Good)

2018 Gosford Provincial Championships Qualifier

Trainer Kris Lees and Kim Waugh again dominated a Central Coast heat, having run one-two at Wyong two weeks earlier, and it was a Lees-trained mare in Serene Miss that saluted over an up and comer in Newsfan from the Waugh camp. Serene Miss was partnered by Aaron Bullock who heaped praise on the mare after her strong win while the lightly raced Newsfan lost no admirers as he was held up for runs at vital stages early in the straight and should relish stepping up to 1400m. Michelle Ritchie’s 100/1 chance Can’t Find Snippy continued his consistent form, he was always on the speed and was still there fighting it out at the finish earning a spot in the Final in third place.

Race Record: 1:11.67 ZESTFUL 2016


2018 Winner: Serene Miss
2nd Newsfan
3rd Can't Find Snippy
Time/Track 1:10.24 (Good 4)

2017 Winner: Pomelo
2nd Heavenly Anna
3rd Dream Lane
Time/Track 1:15.05 (Heavy 10)

2016 Winner: Zestful
2nd In Her Time
3rd Powerline
Time/Track 1:11.67 (Good 4)

2015 Winner: Powerline
2nd Jimmy Says Yes
3rd Supreme Effort
Time/Track 1:12.36 (Soft)

2018 Hawkesbury - Provincial Championships Qualifier

Uptown Lad did it the hard way but the Kim Waugh trained gelding proved he can be a force in the Final with a last to first victory. The four-year-old had to be re-shod prior to the running of the race then missed the start, settling last. Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire sent him around the field coming to the turn and he mowed down those in front to arrive just in time to down the David Atkins-trained Plaisir, who made his run at the same time, in a close finish. Bastia also qualified holding third after racing just off the speed. Uptown Lad was Waugh’s second qualifier while Bastia also handed Kris Lees a second runner in the Final.

Race Record: 1:21.36 RUSTIC MELODY 2016


2018 Winner: Uptown Lad
2nd Plaisir
3rd Bastia
Time/Track 1:22.44 (Good 3)

2017 Winner: Shazee Lee
2nd Budderoo Knight
3rd Reiby Rampart
Time/Track 1:24.08 (Heavy 8)

2016 Winner: Rustic Melody
2nd Dream Lane
3rd By Golly Molly
Time/Track 1:21.36 (Good 4)

2015 Winner: Harmonic
2nd Electric Power
3rd Unequivocal
Time/Track 1:22.67 (Soft)