Oct 28, 2014
NEWCASTLE: Tuesday, October 28, 2014: TRAINER Kris Lees bypassed Flemington gallops this morning with Lucia Valentina and instead took her to Sandown for a course proper hitout.
And he came away very satisfied with the Melbourne Cup third favourite's work.
Lucia Valentina, partnered by her race rider Kerrin McEvoy, worked over 1600m with a mate and quickened from the 600m, running it in "about 36secs".
"It was good strong work," Lees said afterwards. "The mare is in great order.
"I couldn't be more pleased with how she has progressed since the Caulfield Cup."
Lucia Valentina is being stabled at Caulfield, but the course proper there has been closed for renovation since the 2400m Cup on October 18, in which she ran a terrific third to Japanese stayer Admire Rakti.
"Because of that, this was a good opportunity to give her a break from her normal routine and take her to Sandown to work on a track which is in first-class order."
Lees said Lucia Valentina will do another piece of work - either on Friday or Saturday morning - to wind up her preparation for next Tuesday's $6m Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington.
At her only start at that track, she won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 4.
Lees definitely will not start Lucia Valentina again before the Cup, and is adding two more "girls" to his Melbourne team.
Brook Road and Onemorezeta will be sent south by float later in the week for Flemington assignments.
Brook Road - runner-up at both her starts at Randwick since joining the Lees' stable - runs in next Tuesday's $200,000 Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate (1400m); one of the support events on the Melbourne Cup program.
Onemorezeta's mission is the $200,000 Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m) two days later (Oaks day).
Onemorezeta is a lightly-raced three-year-old by 2009 Randwick Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Onemorenomore who has really burst into prominence in recent weeks.
After finishing last on debut at Cessnock earlier in the year when she bucked just after the start, the filly won at big odds first-up in a Muswellbrook 3YO Maiden Plate (1000m) on September 21 and then made the transition to midweek city company by scoring over 1000m at Warwick Farm on October 8 in a No Metropolitan Win event for three-year-olds.