Oaks-Winning Trainer Returns To Kembla Grange On A High

Nov 12, 2016

Story by - Chris Roots 

The last time Lee Curtis left Kembla Grange, he left disappointed but little did he know he had the VRC Oaks winner in the float.

Lasqueti Spirit finished the gamest of fourths over the Kembla 2400m and it was that run that encouraged Curtis to head to Flemington and laid the foundation for the remarkable all-the-way Oaks win.

“She did that against the older horses and really showed she would stay that day. We went to the Oaks thinking she would pick up $20,000 for running in the first half of the field,” Curtis said.

“I probably got it wrong that day at Kembla because I told Banksy [Andrew Banks] to lead at all costs and he was still trying to get there down the back three-wide,” Curtis said.

“Those seasoned older horses, even though they are maidens will just keep going and she was out there and had every right to drop out.

“But in the straight she came again, so we knew she would stay. It was still an incredible day at Flemington.”

Curtis returns to Kembla with another maiden Produce Me Late in Saturday’s Ramesay Health Care Handicap, a four-year-old he has only had for one start.

He ran sixth over the mile at Gosford, after a couple of thirds to start his career, but Curits learnt from that run and has dropped him back from 1400m.

“The people at BK Racing have given me a couple of horses and he is a handy one that I think we can win a few races with him,” Clark said. "I didn’t know much about him that first run for me but he looks like he will be better suited at 1400m.

“He has trained on since that run and I’m expecting to run really well but like usual, these Kembla maidens are always hard to win.”