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Leebaz Peaking At Right Time

Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes is confident that last-start Hollindale Stakes victor Leebaz (Zabeel-Polish Princess, by Polish Precedent) can produce an even better performance in Saturday's $650,000 Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m). Speaking on Sky's Racing HQ yesterday, Hawkes said he was delighted to see Leebaz return to his best after a slow start to his campaign and that he was expecting him to take another step on the weekend. "He has been off the boil for 12 months, but in saying that his run the other day was very good," Hawkes said. "He worked very, very good this morning, we are very happy with him and he is going into the race as good if not better than last year." Leebaz finished runner-up to smart mare Streama in last year's edition of the Doomben Cup, and Hawkes is bullish about the 5YOs prospects of going one better this year despite meeting a strong field. "Our bloke last start was dominant in a good field and he is meeting most of those horses again," Hawkes said. "I saw Pornichet's win at Toowoomba and you can't deny a winner, so it is going to be a competitive race but it is a different kind of race to last start we feel as it will be a genuine 2000 metres weight-for-age event." He added, "He is proven at the track before, not winning but running a close second, and he just ticks every box." This year's Doomben Cup field is one of the strongest in recent memory, with the likes of Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, multiple Gr1 winner Silent Achiever, Foreteller, Precedence, Hawkspur, Moriarty and Pornichet all lining up.

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