BMW bound: strapper Bob Bowe with Protectionist.BMW bound: strapper Bob Bowe with Protectionist. Photo: Marina Neil

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees believes Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist is on target for the Sydney Cup but is leaning towards starting him in the BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.

The hardness of the Rosehill surface on Golden Slipper day had concerned Lees. He considered missing the BMW with Protectionist, but some sparkling work last Saturday from the German stayer has his trainer feeling he could do with another run.