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New Rider For Protectionist

Tuesday, 29th September 2015

Trainer Kris Lees has confirmed that Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist will have a new rider in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Sunday, reports AAP. The German bred stayer, who arrived in Melbourne on Sunday night, will be partnered by Sydney jockey Brenton Avdulla in what will be his first ride on the 6YO. Avdulla replaces Christian Reith who has been aboard Protectionist at his two starts this campaign in the Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) on 5 September and the Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on 19 September. Lees said Protectionist would have two more runs in the Turnbull and the Caulfield Cup before attempting to defend his Melbourne Cup crown on the first Tuesday in November. "The horse arrived in Melbourne in good order and will definitely run in the Turnbull," Lees said. "He will also run in the Caulfield Cup as his final lead-up to his main goal." Protectionist will be striving to become just the fifth horse in history to win back-to-back Melbourne Cups.


Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist (image: Steve Hart)
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