Local trainer banking on a home ground advantage

May 07, 2015

May 7, 2015

Story by Paul Joice - Racenet

Trainer Lee Curtis will be bathing in the Sydney sunshine leading into Saturday’s Rosehill meeting, hoping the track dries out as much as possible.

Curtis has Press Report engaged in the Group III Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) and also has Turbulent Jet returning off a spell in the Ken Callander Fellowship Handicap Benchmark 85 (1200m).

Press Report has been flying this campaign, beaten only seven lengths in the Group I weight-for-age TJ Smith (1200m) at Randwick behind Chautauqua on April 6 then an unlucky fourth in Group III company at Randwick behind Slightly Sweet on April 18.

"She’s definitely the pick of my two for Saturday,” Curtis said. "Her work on Saturday was as good as she’s ever done.”

Press Report was responsible for a huge last-to-first win at Warwick Farm in late February, but that was on good ground.

"The better the going, the better her chances are,” Curtis said. "But in saying that, a soft (7) at Randwick isn’t the same thing as a soft (7) at Rosehill.

"Rosehill will suit her much better, so with fine weather forecast hopefully we can creep into the six range. But at this stage the track is rated heavy, so I’m not kidding myself.”

Turbulent Jet was given an enforced spell after suffering a bleeding attack on the Kensington track back in November last year. The five-year-old gelding resumes on Saturday without a lead-up trial.

"He’s done a lot of work,” Curtis said. "I’ve given him plenty of gallops.

"He is slightly over his normal race weight. He’s 560kg whereas his racing weight is usually 548kg, so he’s not much over.”

Curtis was going to give Turbulent Jet a trial on Monday at Rosehill but they were transferred to the Warwick Farm synthetic track on Tuesday due to the recent wet weather.

"I expect him to run well,” Curtis said. "Some speed up front will help and he should be finishing off strongly.

"It’s the same story with him. The drier the better. I would rather a six than a seven so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Sydney's leading apprentice Winona Costin has been booked for the two Curtis-trained mounts.

Press Report is top odds of $9 with Luxbet while Turbulent Jet is $26 through Sportsbet.