McEvoy Confident of Competitive 2014 Melbourne Cup for Lucia Valentina

October 28th, 2014

Having taken out the 2000 edition of the Race That Stops A Nation aboard Brew, leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy believes it will take a mammoth effort to beat the classy international contingent in the 2014 Melbourne Cup, but is confident classy mare Lucia Valentina is more than up to the task.

Lucia Valentina is currently third favourite for success in the 2014 Melbourne Cup betting markets. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lucia Valentina is currently third favourite for success in the 2014 Melbourne Cup betting markets. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Undoubtedly hitting career-best form this year, Lucia Valentina began her racing tenure under the guidance of kiwi trainer Stephen Marsh before transferring to the care of Newcastle-based trainer Kris Lees at the beginning of the year.

Finishing half a length off the pace of classy Japanese stayer Admire Rakti in third when jumping clear favourite in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last time out, McEvoy told The Australian he is expecting a particularly well-fought edition of the Melbourne Cup this year, but believes the Savabeel mare is in the right condition to cause an upset.

“It looks as though it is going to head overseas,” McEvoy said of the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

“The Japanese horse is going to be hard to beat at Flemington, but she (Lucia Valentina) was an unlucky loser, I feel, and didn’t get the right run in transit and got pushed wide in the bend.

“It’s a bit of an unknown bit it is worth a throw at the stumps.

“She is a very relaxed filly and more to ride and everything points to her being able to conserve her energy for the right part of the race at the end of the two miles.”

Securing a commendable race record of five wins and a further four minor places from her 13 competitive appearances so far, Lucia Valentina finished third in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) in her Australian debut on March 8th, and while appearing to be outclassed with 12th in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), responded in the best way possible when breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of racing in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on April 5th; returning to the paddock after finishing third in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).

Winning the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up this time in before running sixth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) prior to the Caulfield Cup, Lucia Valentina is currently available at generous odds of $7.50 for success in the Melbourne Cup with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

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