NEWCASTLE trainer Kris Lees has enjoyed his most productive period of the 2021-22 season, recording seven winners at five different tracks over the course of three days.
This run of success featured four winners on Saturday, including Triple Ace in the last race at Randwick, and takes him to third overall in the Australian premiership.
Exolay and French Marine topped things off at Armidale on Sunday, following the example of Fu Ni from Eagle Farm on Friday.
Saturday saw Lees bookend his home meeting at Newcastle courtesy of Daysan and Sammy while Spanish Point saluted on the Gold Coast and Triple Ace got the job done in Sydney.
Four-year-old gelding Triple Ace, placed in all 12 career starts, paid $19.10 on the TAB tote in taking out the Heineken Handicap (1100 metres).
"He's very consistent and his form lines were good. He was good last start at Kembla and was beaten by the mare that came out and won the Tibbie (at Newcastle on Friday)," Lees' stable representative Danny Greer told Sky Racing.
"It was a nice solid win. A nice positive ride from Timmy (Clark) certainly helped today. Onwards and upwards."
Lees, as of Sunday, had prepared 28 winners from the opening seven weeks of this campaign.
He was three ahead of training team Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (25). Chris Waller (38), who won Friday's Newcastle Cup with Great House, was second while Ciaron Maher and David Eustance (50) were leading the way.
Meanwhile, Scone trainer Mark Schmetzer scored a winner at Randwick on Saturday with five-year-old gelding Leo steered home by Hugh Bowman in the TAB Highway Handicap (1000m).
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