If she runs in the race in Melbourne on October 13 she will need a new jockey with Brenton Avdulla confirmed for the Lees-trained three-year-old Graff in the $13 million Everest in Sydney on the same day.
“I'll be discussing it with the connections (Gooree) later today or early tomorrow and make a decision but highly likely she'll go on to the Thousand Guineas I would think,” Lees told Sky Sports Radio on Monday.
“I think if she's ever going to run a mile it would be against her own age and sex. That was always the plan we've had for her and at this stage I don't see any reason to change.”
While Lees admits there is still a question mark over Smart Melody running a strong 1600m, he has taken enough positives from her Prelude display when she beat Thrillster by one length stepping from 1100m to 1400m.
Smart Melody was at $3 for the Guineas on Monday ahead of stablemate El Dorado Dreaming ($5.50) who ran home for third in Sunday's Prelude in her season return and first start for Lees.