The Opera House on song for debut
Striking white filly The Opera House will make her much anticipated debut on Boxing Day at Newcastle where she is sure to spark plenty of interest from the bumper crowd.
Local trainer Kris Lees has given the Zabeel filly four barrier trials and is pleased with her progress ahead of the 1400m Maiden.
"She’s all trained up and ready to go," Lees said.
"She’s come through her trials in good order and her work has been sound.
"I think she’ll be competitive and I’ll be happy seeing her getting to the line well with a view to getting over further later," Lees said.
Apart from being distinguished by her rare colour, The Opera House also has rare breeding as a three-quarter sister to champion Might And Power.
Lees expects another huge crowd for the Boxing Day meeting.
"It’s the biggest day crowd wise up here for sure, they get somewhere near 15,000 and I’m she’ll spark plenty of interest in front of another big crowd here," Lees said.
The Opera House was bought for $270,000 at the Magic Millions sale and is raced by flamboyant businessman John Singleton and a group of others including retired Newcastle Knights rugby league star Andrew Johns.
Lees said novelty factor aside, The Opera House was a serious racehorse in the making.
"She’s nicely related and being a Zabeel will continue to improve as she ages and as the races get longer," he said.
By Russell Jackson