Trainer Kris Lees plans to have as many as 20 horses running out of a Gold Coast satellite stable by the New Year.
Trainer Kris Lees plans to have as many as 20 horses running out of a Gold Coast satellite stable by the New Year.

Lees to increase presence in north

LEADING Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is set to increase his presence in Queensland with a Gold Coast stable.

The multiple Group 1-winning trainer has gradually been building up his runners in Queensland this season.

He is currently sixth on the Queensland metropolitan premiership with five winners from 15 runners.

Lees plans to have as many as 20 horses running out of a Gold Coast satellite stable by the New Year.

The Queensland team will be managed by Lees' friend, Gold Coast trainer Mel Eggleston.

"Things have been going well and Kris is keen to send the right horses up here for the right races," Eggleston said.

 

"Things have been going OK and it has given him an idea of what is needed here."

Mel Eggleston and Mandy Jupp with Kris Lees' Face Like Thunder at their Bundall stables. Picture Glenn Hampson
Mel Eggleston and Mandy Jupp with Kris Lees' Face Like Thunder at their Bundall stables. Picture Glenn Hampson

Eggleston was a foreman for Lees' father Max Lees at Newcastle before taking out his own licence.

He moved to the Gold Coast in 2003.

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller already has a major stable on the Gold Coast and trained nearly 50 winners in his first season.

Lees doesn't want an operation as big as Waller's and feels about 20 horses is the right number.

Victorian trainer Mark Webb, who has a stable at Cranbourne, is also keen to open a satellite stable in Queensland, possibly at Caloundra.

His stable manager Slim Homann said Webb, who regularly races horses in Queensland, was keen to come north "with a truckload of horses" as soon as stables could be found.

Webb regularly races horses in Queensland.



Semi-trailers, truck among vehicle crime targets

premium_icon Semi-trailers, truck among vehicle crime targets

Thefts prompt authorities crack down on opportunist crimes

Help is here in time for school formal season

premium_icon Help is here in time for school formal season

High school students can get their formal outfits sorted for free.

Ipswich the hottest place in SEQ on Friday

Ipswich the hottest place in SEQ on Friday

Dry westerly winds the source of the hot weather

Local Partners