“Performance has made Kris one of the most sought after trainers in NSW”
Regularly ranked within the top 10 trainers in Australia, Kris averages more than 100 wins per season. At more than $7million in winnings, the 2015/2016 racing year set a new benchmark for Kris in prize money for owners.
Trainer Kris 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.
Kris Lees 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.
150 Wins For Kris…..And counting
NEWCASTLE: Monday, July 10, 2017: KRIS Lees’ record-breaking season reached a new crescendo today.
A double at Tamworth’s TAB meeting lifted him to 150 wins for the 2016-17 season; 30 more than his previous best of 120 in 2014-15.
Lees sent five horses to Tamworth, and scored with favorites Let’s Get Nauti Gal ($1.95) and Isthmian ($2.30). Both were ridden by Andrew Gibbons, who in the process notched a career-best 70 wins for the season.
Two-year-old filly Let’s Get Nauti Gal, placed in the $250,000 Inglis Classic at Royal Randwick in February, broke through in the 1200m Maiden Plate.
Isthmian, raced by a Prime Thoroughbreds syndicate, won his fourth race from nine starts when successful in the Class 3 Handicap (1000m).
Lees’ horses earned $23,535 prizemoney at Tamworth, lifting his season’s tally to nearly $8,736,000.
With three weeks remaining until the season ends on July 31, a $9m season is definitely on the cards.
Lees’ previous best prizemoney season was last year when Lucia Valentina’s $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes’ victory at Randwick contributed to his haul of $7,526,523.
Wonderful prizemoney and 150 winners (and counting) included, this has certainly been a watershed season for Lees.
He has also won a record four Group 1s during 2016-17; the Cantala Stakes at Flemington and Canterbury Stakes at Randwick (with Le Romain), Doomben Cup (Sense of Occasion) and Kingsford-Smith Cup with Clearly Innocent.