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BMW Next For Protectionist

Wednesday, 18th March 2015

Meanwhile, trainer Kris Lees says that Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (Monsun-Patineuse, by Peintre Celebre) has come through his Australian Cup run in good order and returned to his Newcastle stable on Monday morning. The 5YO, who finished eighth in the Australian Cup behind Spillway, is set to have his next start in the $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday week, before a likely autumn finale in the $1.6 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on 11 April. "At this stage we're likely to run in the Sydney Cup. They've increased the prize money for the Sydney Cup, it's not to the level of course of the Melbourne Cup, but it is still very good money," Lees told racing.com. "He'll run in The BMW more than likely in two weeks and, I suppose on his current form, he's no good thing at a mile-and-a-half, but it still will be a nice lead-up race for a Sydney Cup." Lees said that he hasn't been disappointed in Protectionists' two unplaced runs this campaign, saying the performances simply confirmed in his mind that he was a genuine stayer. "It's all foreign to him, these shorter races. The negative for us is that it doesn't appear that he's going to be that weight-for-age, shorter-course-type horse that you'd like him to be," Lees said. "But we were always told that he wasn't that type of horse. He's a genuine two-miler who could easily run further...so we're going to set him for those type of races. We've just got to be a little patient in the early stages of his preparation."

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