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5/9/2019 Lees expects gear change to coax win out of Graff

Kris Lees is confident the application of blinkers can coax a win out of Graff (Star Witness) when he resumes in the Concorde Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. The colt will be kicking off his four-year-old campaign having not been seen since running last in the Galaxy Handicap (Gr 1, 1100m), but Lees says he thinks he is an improved horse this season. "He was just racing a bit keen with blinkers on in both the Lightning (fourth) and the Newmarket (fourth) and we're still not tied down to where we are heading this spring, so if he's going to get out to possibly a Golden Eagle trip at 1500 metres he'll need to learn to settle," Lees told "I'm very confident that he's a better horse than he was last year and he doesn't need to find that much. There are still plenty of options for him so we'll see where he sits after Saturday."


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