Current Winners

2022 Newcastle Provincial-Midway

Kris Lees struck the first blow in the Polytrack Provincial-Midway Championships producing an exciting prospect in Rustic Steel to win the opening qualifier on his home track.  After finding a tricky spot in the middle stages, once Hugh Bowman pushed out at the top of the straight Rustic Steel accelerated strongly and went on to win in dominant fashion.  Astero, trained by Matthew Smith, ran on well from the back of the field to run second and also qualify for the Final just ahead of Danish Prince, who raced wide and tried hard in the concluding stages, in third place.


2022 Winner: Rustic Steel
2nd Astero
3rd Danish Prince
Time/Track 1:23.28 (Soft 5)

2022 Newcastle (Transferred from Hawkesbury) 05/03/22 – Polytrack Provincial-Midway

The torrential wet weather saw a transferred meeting from Hawkesbury to Newcastle, which hosted the Polytrack Provincial-Midway Championships heat for consecutive weeks. Local trainer Kris Lees struck again at his home track with Geo, who put on a dominant display after leading all the way. Christian Reith rode the five-year-old gelding to perfection after controlling the pace, and when asking him for an effort, she accelerated away to victory. Wyong based trainer Tracey Bartley’s three-year-old Kiss Sum was brave in defeat after missing the start and tried hard to the line to book his spot at Royal Randwick. There was a big gap to third, with Noble Soldier sitting wide and battling on well into third place for Kembla training partnership Robert & Luke Price.


2022 Winner: Geo
2nd Kiss Sum
3rd Noble Solider
Time/Track 1:24.47 (Heavy 8)

2022 Goulburn (Transferred from Kemble Grange) 11/03/22 – Polytrack Provincial-Midway

A dashing front-running ride from apprentice Ellen Hennessy has taken Sally Pops and her trainer Robert Quinn into the Provincial-Midway Championships Final. The meeting was moved from Kembla Grange to Goulburn due to wet weather in the lead up and the lightly raced four-year-old took on prisoners as she rolled along in front and at no stage did it look like they’d catch her. Travest, trained at Warwick Farm by Greg Hickman, made a long run from the second half of the field down the middle of the track to take the second qualifying position. Highballer ran third after racing near the speed.


2022 Winner: Sally Pops
2nd Travest
3rd Highballer
Time/Track 1:25.75 (Heavy 9)

2022 Gosford Polytrack Provincial-Midway

A gelding operation did the trick with talented galloper Kinloch as he produced a late surge to give trainer Kris Lees his third Qualifier winner for 2022 so far. In a strong line-up, Kinloch and apprentice Dylan Gibbons had to navigate some traffic before the home turn but managed to get onto the back of last year’s winner Great News, who was producing her run from the top of the straight, and ran her down just as she was being hailed the likely victor. Both horses were first-up from a spell and progress to Randwick with upside. The well supported Majestic Shot ran third after having her chance from the turn.


2022 Winner: Kinloch
2nd Great News
3rd Majestic Shot
Time/Track 1:10.41 (Heavy 8)

2022 Newcastle Provincial-Midway 17/03/22

A last start Group 3 placing said Never Talk was the best horse in the Provincial and Midway eligible qualifier so her more than three length winning margin came as no surprise. After settling three back on the fence, James McDonald stuck to the inside and took advantage of a clear passage as Never Talk raced clear over the last 200m to give Kris Lees his fourth win in the 2022 series and beat the John Sargent-trained Mayrose, who claimed her spot in the Final also making her run along the inside. Pippali finished on from well back to rum third.


2022 Winner: Never Talk
2nd Mayrose
3rd Pippali
Time/Track 1:24.11 (Soft 5)

2022 Newcastle (Transferred from Wyong) Provincial-Midway 26/03/22

A deliberate move to ease at the start and find the fence paid dividends for jockey Jeff Penza as he guided Barossa Rosa into the Polytrack Provincial-Midway Championships Final. Despite sitting last at the 600m, Penza stuck to the fence on the Tracey Bartley-trained mare and the runs came when he needed them and he burst to the lead at the 200m. Directly in front of Barossa Rosa in the run early was Grande Rumore but she became stuck in traffic trying to get away from the inside. After getting into the clear when the race was over the mare charged into second and added another runner to the Kris Lees army for Randwick. Poseidon Ruler finished in third place.


2022 Winner: Barossa Rosa
2nd Grande Rumore
3rd Poseidon Ruler
Time/Track 1:22.27 (Heavy 8)

2022 Newcastle Provincial-Midway Wild Card 31/03/22

It was second time lucky for the Jason Coyle-trained mare Pippali as she booked her place in the Polytrack Provincial Midway Championships Final with a strong win in the Wild Card. Having finished third when resuming from a spell a fortnight earlier, Pippali was much fitter and it showed as she raced away under William Pike to win by over a length. The Kris Lees-trained Tawfiq Lass ran on from near last into second place. Unlike the qualifiers, the Wild Card offers a Final berth for the top three placegetters and there was a dead heat for third between Confessed and French Marine. It was determined that both Kris Lees trained horses will contest the Final.


2022 Winner: Pippali
2nd Tawfiq Lass
3rd Confessed / French Marine
Time/Track 1:28.78 (Heavy 10)