Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Another Taker for Lee's 'Resort'

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Another Taker for Lee's 'Resort'

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WHILE talented sprinter Texan Lad is due to arrive at Stephen Lee's stable in the next few days after being scratched from the Ortensia Stakes at Scone today, another talented sprinter has already taken up residence at the trainer's seaside "resort".

Territory -- third in the Ramornie Hcp last year and the winner of six races and almost half a millions dollars in prizemoney -- has been with Lee for some weeks.

The horse was previously trained at Warwick Farm by Jarrod Austin, before that by Cranbourne trainer Nick Koutsourakis and before that by Lee Freedman.

Connections decided on a change of stable after the horse ran second-last at Warwick Farm in February.

Prior to that he had run consecutive thirds in black type races in the Listed Takeover Target at Gosford, the Group Two Expressway Stakes at Rosehill and the Group Three Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick.

"The horse has settled in well and his work this week has been very good," Lee said.

"He is a valuable addition to the stable and the owners thought a change of environment and perhaps a stable on the coast might be best for him.

"My job is to keep him racing as well ashe was before.

"He is a seven-year-old so I am not going to improve him."

The trainer paid special tribute to his former top apprentice, Joshua Jones, who is now working as Lee's foreman and head work rider.

"The horse came to me with a history of pulling in his races but Josh has done a fantastic job in teaching him to settle,"Lee said.

"He worked on the grass on Thursday morning and settled perfectly for Josh.

"It was great work."

Lee is still to decide when Territory will have his next start but it will be in a Listed race over the Brisbane carnival.

"Later on we might have another crack at this year's Ramornie," Lee said.

Top form

MEANWHILE, Lee heads to the Gold Coast today with Profiler, which will run in the Class 3 (1200m) and Arrow and Embrace, both running in the Class 1 (1400m).

Profiler is in top form with wins at his past two starts at Grafton and Lismore. …

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