Kris Lees’ classy Newcastle-trained mare Lucia Valentina made it a Group 1 double for jockey Damien Oliver and connections on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick on Saturday with her upset win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016.
Earlier on the card owners won the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) with the New Zealand-trained Sofia Rosa, ridden by Hugh Bowman, while Oliver scored his first Group 1 of the day on Ciaron Maher’s mare Azkadellia in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).
For both the owners and Oliver the good times continued with success in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s richest race, the $4 million Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Purchased for only $60,000, Savabeel mare Lucia Valentina became a three-time Group 1 winner and took her career earnings up over $4 million with her last-to-first Queen Elizabeth Stakes success.
She had no luck in the run getting caught back last soon after the jump and blocked for a run throughout, also closed out of a gap at the top of the straight only to pick herself back up and fly home displaying a blistering turn of foot.
Back up to her pet distance of 2000m second-up with a four week break between runs, Lucia Valentina ($8) stole the show late in the last 200m sectional blitzing her rivals to score a comprehensive two and a quarter length win over the beaten favourite The United States ($4.60F).
Finishing off the Queen Elizabeth Stakes trifecta a quarter-length further back for third was the Pat Webster-trained Randwick specialist Happy Clapper ($8) on the quick back-up after a second to Winx in the Doncaster Mile last weekend.
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2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results
Royal Randwick Race 9 (4:35pm) – Saturday April 9, 2016
|1||12||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Damien Oliver||–||10||57kg||$8|
|2||5||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||2.3L||6||59kg||$4.60F|
|3||9||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Brenton Avdulla||2.8L||1||59kg||$8|
|4||13||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||5.1L||5||57kg||$21|
|5||6||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Dwayne Dunn||5.9L||3||59kg||$51|
|6||7||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton||6.8L||9||59kg||$20|
|7||10||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7.3L||12||59kg||$7.50|
|8||3||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Opie Bosson||7.5L||7||59kg||$26|
|9||8||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||9.6L||11||59kg||$51|
|10||14||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||Blake Shinn||10L||14||57kg||$31|
|11||1||CRITERION (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Tommy Berry||11.6L||2||59kg||$7.50|
|12||2||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||11.8L||4||59kg||$5|
|13||11||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Christian Reith||16.6L||8||59kg||$101|
|14||15||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||20L||13||59kg||$31|
|–||16||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|
|–||4||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Brett Prebble||–||0||–||–|