$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.

Trainer Kris Lees believes Lucia Valentina has come on from her Caulfield Cup placing as the mare prepares to tackle uncharted territory in the Melbourne Cup.

The four-year-old started favourite in the Caulfield Cup but was beaten by Japanese stayer Admire Rakti and New Zealand mare Rising Romance, charging home after she was forced widest on the home turn.

Lucia Valentina has had two gallops at Sandown this week and Lees said the daughter of Savabeel was on track for Tuesday.

“She hasn’t gone backwards,” Lees said.

“It comes down to whether she can run two miles and whether she’s good enough.”

Lees thinks there have been enough pointers to suggest Lucia Valentina, winner of the Vinery Stud Stakes and Turnbull Stakes at Group One level, can cope with the Melbourne Cup distance.

“She’s got the profile to do it,” Lees said.

“I don’t know if she’s got the pedigree to do it but she’s got the profile to do it.

“The way she relaxes and she has been strong through the line at every distance she has run over. She’s just got to go the extra half a mile.”

Lees has taken heart from the way Lucia Valentina finished off in the Caulfield Cup.

“She had a bit of adversity and still had the quickest last 200 metres,” he said.

Lucia Valentina is equal second favourite at $7 with German galloper Protectionist who hit the line well for fourth under a big weight in the Herbert Power Stakes.

Admire Rakti, the $4 Melbourne Cup favourite, impressed at Caulfield under topweight of 58kg after travelling three-wide.

The win earned Admire Rakti a 0.5kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup.

“I thought he might have got more. But still 58.5 (kilograms) at the end of two miles can tell,” Lees said.

 
Deposit $50, Bet with $200
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $150 in bonus bets. That's $200 to bet with!*
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Railway Stakes Field – 2017

View the field for the 2017 Railway Stakes. The Railway Stakes will be run on Saturday 25th November at Ascot...

Strangles ban lifted on two stables

The quarantine order on two of Victorian trainer George Osborne stables has been lifted but a third remains classified as...

RV to look at Macedon Lodge structure

Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams will be interviewed by Victorian racing authorities over comments he made indicating he is the head...

Royal Ascot or a fourth Cox Plate for Winx

The team behind champion racehorse Winx is open to the mare going for a record fourth Cox Plate, but also...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.