Band in doubt but stablemate ready to Run

Mandy Cottell
Trainer Kris Lees is keeping a close eye on the weather before finalising his Warwick Farm team

Regimental Band could be saved for the Light Fingers Stakes if the Inglis Millennium meeting is held on a heavy track but two of her elder stablemates should enjoy the anticipated conditions.

The Kris Lees-trained filly is among a field of seven for the Group Three Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday but is unlikely to run if the forecast rain arrives.

"We're still undecided on whether we will run. We're just keeping an eye on the weather," Lees said.

"I think she will like soft ground but I just don't want her first up on a heavy track.

"She may even run the following Saturday but she seems to be coming up well."

Attention Run and Hallelujah Boy resume in Saturday's Bowness Stud Mile (1600m) at Warwick Farm and both boast outstanding form on rain-affected ground.

Hallelujah Boy has posted three of his five wins on heavy tracks while Attention Run was successful at her only start in the conditions.

Lees says the pair will improve as they are stepped up in distance but he will not be surprised if they can feature on Saturday.

"They will be suited over further but both are capable of running well fresh as well," Lees said.

Attention Run is entering her second Australian campaign after finishing runner-up in the Newcastle Cup during the spring and 1-1/2 lengths from winner Come Play With Me in the Group One Metropolitan Handicap.

With stablemate Our Candidate out for the autumn with a tendon injury, Attention Run could be the stayer to make a mark for Lees this autumn.

"At her first prep she did a really good job and she is going the right way," Lees said.

Lees confirmed imports Danceteria and Mustajeer would contest barrier trials at Wyong on Friday and were both on track to resume towards the end of the month.