Horses Trained: 291
Wins: Over 100 per season
2015/16 Winnings: > $7 million
Ranked: Constantly in top 10
Taught by: Max Lees, father
Owns: Ellalong Farm training facility
“Performance has made Kris one of the most sought after trainers in NSW”
Consistently ranking in the top trainers in Australia, Kris averages more than 100 wins per season and with more than $7,000,000 in prizemoney in 2015/16, was the perfect choice to become miRunners’ first trainer.
Lees has been Saganaki’s trainer since the colt was purchased at the Gold Coast Magic Millions sale in January 2016.
The Lees Story
Kris Lees was born to train. As the son of the legendary Max Lees, Kris worked as his foreman for 15 years, producing 20 group-one wins including champion two-year-old Luskin Star and high-end stallion Snippets.
His eyes remained open and Kris learnt from his father Max about what it takes to evolve talent & keep a champion up & running.
Thrust into the role as Lees Racing’s trainer following the death of his father in August, 2003, he quickly proved he was equal to the task by winning $2m in prizemoney for his owners in his first full season of training.
Only 12 months later, he captured his first Group 1 success when stable favourite County Tyrone (coincidentally Max’s final Group 1 winner in the 2002 Queensland Derby) won the 2004 The Metropolitan at Royal Randwick.
The ensuing years have shown that Kris is an outstanding trainer; evidenced by six Newcastle premierships on home turf and preparing more than 100 winners in a season on no less than four occasions (a record 119 in 2014/15; 109 in 2012/13, 105 in 2009/10 and 106 in 2008/09).
He now regularly features in the Top 20 list of Australian trainers. Prizemoney-wise, season 2015/16 resulted in Kris setting a new benchmark.
Courtesy of winning New South Wales’ richest race – the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick during The Championships – with brilliant mare Lucia Valentina, along with the $1m Randwick Guineas with surprise packet Le Romain, Kris’ horses pocketed more than $7m for his band of owners.
Lucia Valentina’s powerhouse Queen Elizabeth performance provided Kris with his 10th Group 1 triumph.
Kris takes a relaxed approach to his racing and this calm and confident approach clearly resonates with his horses which are constantly delivering results for the owners on the biggest stages. Kris regularly interacts with his owners who can be confident the Kris Lees racing experience is positioned to be an unforgettable one.
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