Keepit To Yourself the latest ‘good horse’ for trainer Greg Lees

Another good one: Trainer Greg Lee is hoping Keepit To Yourself lives up to expectations. Photo: Simon Alekna Jim and Greg Lee have been training out of Randwick for nearly 50 years and things have certainly changed in that time but it remains “the only place [they] want to train”.

In that time the Lees have had their share of good horses. The best – Hayai – won a Caulfield Cup and a couple of Metropolitans and got them into their stables on course, where they still train.

“When [we] started out everyone was a horseman and there were stables all around the track and that’s how we started. Back then to be on course at Randwick was to be king,” Greg Lee said. “Hayai got us on course and we’re still there. Randwick is still Randwick and it is king to me.

“Back then Jim was the trainer because partnerships weren’t allowed. I just rode the work and helped out as did our brother David. Now we have both our names in the book and David has a couple of horses from the stables, as does Pat [Webster], it is something we will keep going until we die.”

There has always seemed to be a good horse coming through the Randwick stables when needed “to make up for the slow ones,” Lee added and the latest is Keepit To Yourself, which looks for some black type success in the Winter Challenge at Rosehill on Saturday.

He has put together three placings in a row, twice a runner-up at the midweek before running on late for third behind Foreign Prince at Canterbury last week. The fine weather has added to Lee’s confidence as Keepit To Yourself steps up in grade.

“It has been a good preparation for us because he is just better on firmer tracks,” Lee said. “His wins have come when he can get a real good footing and it makes a real difference to him.

“If you look at his last couple of runs, he has hit flat spots in his races when he has just gone backwards because he loses his confidence.”

He flashed home behind subsequent Saturday winner Forget at Warwick Farm on July 1 to the surprise of Rory Hutchings and his next to runs were similar.

“Rory said it was like he wanted to stop when he hit a bad patch [of ground] and then in the straight he just charged,” Lee said.

“If he gets firm going he can match what his brother [Keepin’ The Dream] did and win this sort of race. He has a good turn of foot when the ground is good, so we are hoping the track keeps improving.”

Keepin’ The Dream won a Scone Cup and a Hawkesbury Cup, and it is a height his little brother has not been able to live up to. The Lees have been able to book Tommy Berry to ride Keepit To Yourself, which is a $21 chance on Saturday.

“We have had a bit of luck with Tommy and he might be getting on [Keepit To Yourself] on the right day.” Lee said.

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