It's Kris Lees and Australian Bloodstock again as Gem Song Wins the Newcastle Newmarket

Mark Smith - Friday March 5

The rejuvenated Your Song gelding Gem Song made it three consecutive wins for trainer Kris Lees and owners Australian Bloodstock with a heart-stopping win in Friday’s $160,000 Group III Newcastle Newmarket.

Narrow win for Gem Song in Newcastle Newmarket (image Steve Hart)

Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Gem Song found the best going out wide in the straight to nail the game favourite Bottega (Snitzel) on the line.

Cascadian (GB) (New Approach) was a length back in third after being forced to make his run down the inside of the track.

Winner of the Group III ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes and Group III BRC Gunsynd Classic in 2019, Gem Song was off the scene for sixty-seven weeks when making a brilliant return to the track when fourth to Masked Crusader in the Group III Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick on February 13.

With his third stakes win, the 5yo son of Your Song advances his record to six wins, two seconds and three thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $634,395.


“It is a good result. He has been off the scene a long time,” Lees said.

“Some good people have a share in the horse, so it’s very rewarding.

Gem Song Nash Rawiller (mage Steve Hart)

“I think he is back to his best. He stepped slow, so he had a bit of work to do.

“I thought he got beat on the line, so I was relieved when the number went up in the frame.

“He (Nash Rawiller) is pretty handy in those last 50 metres.”

Bred and initially raced by Gooree Stud, Gem Song is a half-brother to stakes-winner The Omega Man (Northern Meteor) out of the crack racemare Beautiful Gem.

A daughter of Peintre Celebre (USA), Beautiful Gem won nine races highlighted by the Group II Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Beautiful Gem is a daughter of the Group III Black Opal Stakes winner and Group 1 Golden Slipper runner-up Just Blooming.

Sold at the 2016 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale with Bowness Stud signing the ticket for $30,000, Beautiful has a troubled last few years at stud and was pensioned in January.



Race Result - Suez Newcastle Newmarket Hcp Gr3 1400m

Newcastle Track: Good(4) Time: 1:23.73
Gem Song
T: K A Lees J: N Rawiller 58.5
5g Your Song (AUS) x Beautiful Gem (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
Your Song
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: K Mc Evoy 54
4h Snitzel (AUS) x Bennetta (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
T: James Cummings J: J B Mc Donald 59
6g New Approach (IRE) x Falls Of Lora (IRE) (Street Cry (IRE))
Maui Girl
T: J C Coyle J: Ms L Day 54
5m Lope De Vega (IRE) x Run For Naara (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Purple Sector
T: John Thompson J: J Bowman 57
5g Pins (AUS) x Eden Valley (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Trelawney Stud Ltd
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services
Texas Storm
T: R R Milligan J: Ms K O'Hara 54
6g All American (AUS) x Stormy Empress (AUS) (King's Best (USA))
T: James Cummings J: Rachel King 54
4m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Disputes (AUS) (Manton (AUS))
Trophies Galore
T: Andrew Robinson J: J Ford 54
5m Reward For Effort (AUS) x Paradise Mill (USA) (Horse Chestnut (SAF))
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 55
5g All Too Hard (AUS) x Fit And Ready (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $460,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
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