Trainers Tony Gollan and Kris Lees have enjoyed break out seasons with a flurry of winners in 2019/2020.
Queensland’s No 1 trainer Tony Gollan is knocking over records in style this season while in NSW Kris Lees brought up a rarely achieved mark.
Fresh from setting new figures for the most metropolitan victories when he became the first to train 100 Brisbane winners last month, Gollan also set a new record with Solar Star’s win in the Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich last Saturday.
The win provided with 152.5 winners in Queensland.
Gollan is now the most successful trainer in Queensland racing history, eclipsing Ben Currie's record of 152 winners on all Queensland tracks set in 2017-18.
Another Ontrack trainer to make the highlights reel was Kris Lees who prepared winner number 2,000 when Killin won at the Kensington track.
It has been another successful season for Lees, who has topped 200 winners for the second year in a row and is front-runner for a NSW premiership title with 187 wins, ahead of Sydney maestro Chris Waller (174.5), with only 13 days remaining.
Killin was his 210th for the current season, following on from a benchmark 249 last season.
It was only a few seasons ago that his own record was 161, and he quickly erased that with 192 the following season (2017-18).
Lees took out his training licence in 1996 and won his first race in September that year on his home track at Broadmeadow with Cherokee Lass, raced by his good friend Ed Throsby.
He prepared only a couple of horses at the time as a side to his main role as foreman for his father Max, who died in August 2003.
Though unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight taking over his father’s big stable at 32 years of age, he hit the ground running, earning $2.25m prizemoney for his owners in his first full season and clinching a Group 1 breakthrough with County Tyrone only 13 months’ after his father’s death.