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Lucia Valentina To Trial Again Next Week
Broadmeadows trainer Kris Lees has provided an update on exciting mare Lucia Valentina who will be aimed at the Caulfield Cup this spring. Lucia Valentina, winner of the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes and placed in the Australian Oaks, trialled at Newcastle last week and Lees says she will have another hit-out on her home track next Wednesday. "Lucia Valentina will be put under a bit more pressure when she trials next week (Wednesday 13), but she appears to be coming up how you would like them too," Lees told RSN's Racing Ahead yesterday. "I think with these types of mares you aim at a Caulfield Cup and decide whether they're up to it. Some make it, some don't. We'll head that way and if she's good enough she'll get there otherwise we'll find a softer target." Lees added that even if Lucia Valentina fails to make a successful transition to open company in the spring, it would not be the end of the world. "If she doesn't aim up I think she's going to be a very good mare come the autumn so we're not going to overtax her if she doesn't make it to the top level," he said.
Lucia Valentina (Image: Steve Hart)