Le Romain defeats Press Statement in 2016 Randwick Guineas

March 5th, 2016

The Kris Lees trained Le Romain caused a major upset when he defeated the odds on favourite Press Statement in the Group 1 $1m Girvan Waugh Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick today.

Le Romain holds off Press Statement to win the Randwick Guineas at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Le Romain holds off Press Statement to win the Randwick Guineas at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Christian Reith on the winner Le Romain won the battle of tactics and after keeping Hugh Bowman on Press Statement to his inside down the side of the track, made a winning break in the straight over the $1.30 favourite.

Le Romain ($21) was able to hold off a fast finishing Press Statement to win by a long head with $81 outsider Gold Ambition running on for third.

Le Romain has been racing in good form and was able to turn around the result of the Group 2 $400,000 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 20 when Press Statement scored a convincing win.

“He has just kept handling every step that we have put in front of him. He has raised the bar every time,” Lees said.

“Christian was able to make his move at a vital stages. It is a bloody long straight but it was good to see him get home.”

After Reith had Le Romain in the clear in the straight, Bowman was held up on Press Statement for a considerable time but when he did get out was unable to run the winner.

“Everytime we galloped him he just worked that little bit better, so I come to the races thinking he would run really well,” Lees said.

Lees said that the 1600m of the Randwick Guineas would be as far as Le Romain would like to go and a start in the Group 1 $600,000 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill is doubtful.

2016 Randwick Guineas Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Christian Reith 8 56.5kg $21
2 1 PRESS STATEMENT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0.2L 12 56.5kg $1.30F
3 9 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) Bjorn Baker Tye Angland 1.5L 10 56.5kg $81
4 13 STAY WITH ME David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Glyn Schofield 2.1L 5 54.5kg $11
5 7 MONTAIGNE (NZ) Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 2.5L 3 56.5kg $11
6 12 DATA POINT Michael Kent Craig Williams 4.6L 13 56.5kg $31
7 10 BALMAIN BOY Les Bridge Tim Clark 4.7L 4 56.5kg $101
8 4 SHARDS John O’Shea James McDonald 5.1L 2 56.5kg $26
9 8 TULSA Michael Moroney Steven Arnold 5.7L 6 56.5kg $26
10 2 ETYMOLOGY John O’Shea Tommy Berry 5.9L 9 56.5kg $101
11 6 MAN OF CHOICE Luke Price Jeff Penza 8L 1 56.5kg $81
12 11 MACKINTOSH (NZ) James Bridge Rory Hutchings (a) 8.3L 11 56.5kg $61
13 3 DAL CIELO (NZ) Murray Baker Kerrin McEvoy 10.6L 7 56.5kg $51