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Toy Show First-Up For Lucia Valentina
Lucia Valentina (Savabeel-Staryn Glenn, by Montjeu) will open her spring campaign in Saturday's Gr3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Randwick and trainer Kris Lees says the talented mare will derive plenty of improvement from the first-up run, reports horseracing.com.au. "She strengthened a little and she is giving every indication that is back on top of her game, so I am looking forward to her preparation," Lees said. "She is capable on soft ground and she had one go on a heavy and won the Vinery, but you would still prefer them early in their preparation to be on a bit firmer footing. It is hard to get a real good line purely because both trials were on heavy ground and I was reluctant to really test her due to her fitness levels, but she seemed to do everything within herself." he added, "She has had a couple of nice gallops since and she is going into the race in a good position to be in first-up with the view that she is going to improve dramatically off the back of the run." The 4YO, who has not raced since finishing an unlucky third in the Australian Oaks in April, is being aimed at the Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 18 October. "I just want to see her finish the race off," said Lees. "She will probably go two weeks to either the Chelmsford or the Tramway and then possibly the George Main. Then we will decide which way we go with her when we go to Melbourne."