Lucia Valentina has showed an impressive turn of foot to swoop late and win the Group 2 Tramway Stakes 2014 at Randwick.
The classy four-year-old mare was resuming for the Spring after winning the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes and placing third in the Group 1 ATC Oaks during the Autumn.
The in-form Tiger Tees was chasing their third win in a row and looked good for the win on the Heavy 9 Randwick track after leading most of the race before Lucia Valentina charged home late to claim the victory by 1 1/2 lengths. Toydini finished third ahead of Rising Romance in fourth.
Lucia Valentina was set to resume last weekend but was scratched from the Group 3 Toy Show Quality at Randwick because of the Heavy rated track.
“Certainly good to see her back, when we scratched her the other day I was worried about the heavy track first-up but we had to go to the races now and it was a really good effort,” trainer Kris Lees said after the race.
“She looked like she got in a bit of trouble about the 500m but she balanced up nicely and Kerrin (McEvoy) let her find her feet and she was very strong through the line.
“She’s nominated for all the big races; it was a heavy track today so we’ll just see where she ends up.
“She’ll probably go to the George Main (Group 1, 1600m) in two weeks and if she goes well enough in that you’d probably go to a Turnbull Stakes (Group 1, 2000m) then decide whether a Caulfield Cup or a Cox Plate.”
2014 Tranway Stakes Results
|1||10||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||–||5||56kg||$9|
|2||1||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||1.5L||9||58kg||$4|
|3||2||TOYDINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||1.9L||11||57.5kg||$16|
|4||7||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||Donna Logan||Tim Clark||2.2L||8||56kg||$17|
|5||12||MONTON||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton||2.5L||3||55kg||$18|
|6||4||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||3L||6||57kg||$31|
|7||14||HOOKED||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||3.7L||10||55kg||$7.50|
|8||15||DANCHAI (GB)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||4.7L||1||55kg||$41|
|9||5||PHEIDON||Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||4.8L||12||57kg||$21|
|10||13||GYPSY DIAMOND||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tye Angland||5.2L||7||55kg||$6|
|11||8||HONORIUS||David Payne||Jeff Lloyd||9L||4||56kg||$51|
|12||6||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||9.8L||2||56kg||$3.80F|
|–||16||MY SABEEL (NZ)||Kevin Moses||Ms Kathy O’Hara||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||Blake Shinn||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||ZEPHYRON (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Taylor Marshall (a)||–||0||–||–|