Night War Wins 2011 Lee-Steere Classic – Ascot Results

December 12th, 2011

Three-year-old filly Night War has won the Group 3 Lee-Steere Classic at Ascot Racecourse last Saturday December 10, 2011.

The General Nediym filly won the 2011 Lee-Steere Classic by a head in front of Waterman’s Bay, who finished second.

Born To Excel finished one length behind the winner in third.

Night War has now won two of her three starts this campaign and has now taken her prize money tally to more than $500,000 after just seven starts.

Trainer Simon Miller said a Lee-Steere Classic 2011 run had been on Night War’s agenda for since the beginning of the year.

“We hatched this plan many months ago,” Miller said.

“‘To give her a good break and there was no way she would get the mile of the WA Guineas.

“If she ran in the Burgess Queen over 1400m she would have got 58kg.

“With this race she got 54kg under the set weight and penalties system … if she had 58kg she would not have won.

“I always thought the 1400m wouldn’t be an issue. She was handling the extra training to run a middle distance.”

Miller is now looking to take on the talented Latoria in the Listed Summer Scorcher on December 31, 2011.

“We have three weeks till the race and virtually I have to do nothing with her,” Miller said.

“Being a three-year-old against the older horses she comes in on the limit and Latoria would have to give her weight.

“It could make an interesting race.”

Latoria, who is trained by Jim Taylor, has won six of her 11 race starts and has earned more than $150,000 in prize money.

The five-year-old mare has won both her starts this campaign, including the Lord Mayor’s Cup at Ascot on December 3.

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2011 Lee-Steere Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 9 NIGHT WAR Simon A Miller Patrick Carbery 7 54kg $3.60
2 1 WATERMANS BAY Peter Giadresco Troy Turner 0.25L 2 56kg $4
3 6 BORN TO EXCEL Daniel Morton William Pike 0.75L 8 56kg $4
4 5 VENETIAN PRINCE Trevor Andrews Jarrad Noske 5.25L 6 56kg $8
5 11 PURE HEAVEN Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 5.5L 1 54kg $31
6 10 ALMACHINO Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 5.75L 5 54kg $7.50
7 7 MURPHY’S RED BOY Lindsey Smith Alan Kennedy 8.5L 10 56kg $61
8 8 TEMPLES Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani Jason Brown 8.5L 9 56kg $71
9 3 TAX A MILLION Sharon Taylor Takahide Ikenushi 11.25L 4 56kg $41
10 2 GRACETOWN Jason Pateman Paul Harvey 12.25L 3 56kg $21