Listed swan song for Danish Twist

Group Three winner Danish Twist will have one last chance to add more black-type to her record before retirement in the Listed Winter Stakes at Rosehill.

It has been a long time since Danish Twist  won a race and she will get one more chance before retirement in the Listed Winter Stakes.

The Kris Lees -trained mare hit a purple patch of form two years ago when she put four wins together including the Provincial Championship final, the Group Three Dark Jewel Stakes and Listed June Stakes.

The sprinter's best recent performance was her third behind Prompt Response  and Egyptian Symbol  in the Group Two Breeders' Classic in February.

She is slated to go to the broodmare barn in a few weeks and Saturday's Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill will be her likely swan song.

"This will probably be Danish Twist's last run before she is retired to stud," Lees said.

"She hasn't won for two years, but we know she has the ability. We're hoping she can go out on a winning note."

Danish Twist is a $26 chance for Saturday's feature with Dreamforce the well supported $4.20 favourite after being as much as $5.50 earlier this week.

Visiting New Zealand apprentice Sam Weatherley  has the ride on Danish Twist.

Weatherley, who is in Sydney for a three-month trial with premier trainer Chris Waller, has a commanding lead in the NZ apprentices' title.

He is following a path taken a few years ago by Jason Collett who rides Reach For Heaven, Bochy and Upscale for Lees on Saturday with the latter two to be fitted with blinkers.

Bochy won a Benchmark 65 Handicap (1500m) on June 17 at Muswellbrook before running third in a 1900m-race at Canterbury on July 4.

"I just felt putting blinkers on him might help as he is coming back 0 and he's going to Saturday grade as well," Lees said.

Bochy runs over 1 1⁄8 m while Upscale sticks to 5 1⁄2 f after her first-up sixth at Rosehill on June 30.

"Even though I knew she would take benefit from the run, I felt she was a bit plain all the same," Lees said.

"She is fitter and hopefully the blinkers will switch her on."

Sign up for our free newsletter.

© 2019 Sky Racing World. All rights reserved.