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R9 RANDWICK09 April 2016
Longines Queen Elizabeth Stks G1 3U OPEN ($4,114,500), 2000m 2:04.82
Race Synopsis: Lucia Valentina put up a very smart effort in winning her third and most important Group One victory. She was ridden patiently by Damien Oliver and she remained in last place in the 14-horse field until the 600m. She angled for a run between runners rounding the home turn but then had to be switched deeper at the 300m. She then sprinted quickly in the centre of the track to hit the front at the 100m before racing away to win impressively. The United States settled in tenth place before making ground between runners at the 600m. He put in a good run from the 300m, briefly looked a threat at the 200m but he was out-sprinted by the winner and then fought on really well for a very good second. Happy Clapper was ninth on the rails, got between runners at the 300m, went to second at the 150m and battled strongly for third, putting up an excellent effort considering the rise to weight-for-age conditions. Rising Romance had a good trip in fourth place, got a split to challenge on straightening and she then battled on well for fourth, beaten just over five lengths. Happy Trails was back in 11th place to the 600m before running on solidly between runners in the straight for a sound (5.9 lengths) fifth. Of the others Criterion was seventh on the rails, was checked when looking for an inside run at the 200m before finishing 11th while Preferment raced in eighth place, between runners, was under riding at the home turn but then failed to run on in the straight to finish 12th.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
12. LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)
5yo Mare
KRIS LEES
DAMIEN OLIVER
57.0
$8.00
 
SAVABEEL (AUS) - STARYN GLENN (NZ)
L Petagna
 
Jan 12, 2012 Premier Yearling Sale, $60000, ALAN & JENNIFER ACTON
 
2nd  
5. THE UNITED STATES (IRE)
6yo Horse
ROBERT HICKMOTT
KERRIN MCEVOY
59.0
$4.50
 
GALILEO (IRE) - BEAUTY IS TRUTH (IRE)
N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams, P M Mehrten, B N Singer, V J Sammartino, Echo Beach Bstk (A & B Green), M S Gudinski, J & Mrs F Ingham & Heffernan Bstk
 
Jan 12, 2012 Premier Yearling Sale, $60000, ALAN & JENNIFER ACTON
 
3rd  
9. HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS)
5yo Gelding
PATRICK WEBSTER
BRENTON AVDULLA
59.0
$8.00
 
TEOFILO (IRE) - BUSKING (AUS)
M W Thomas
 
 Jan 12, 2012 Premier Yearling Sale, $60000, ALAN & JENNIFER ACTON
 


4th  13. RISING ROMANCE (NZ)
5yo Mare
D HAYES & T DABERNIG
DAMIAN LANE
57.0
$21.00
5th  6. HAPPY TRAILS (AUS)
8yo Gelding
PAUL BESHARA
DWAYNE DUNN
59.0
$51.00
6th  7. IT'S SOMEWHAT (USA)
5yo Gelding
JOHN O'SHEA
SAM CLIPPERTON
59.0
$21.00
7th  10. HAURAKI (AUS)
4yo Gelding
JOHN O'SHEA
JAMES MCDONALD
59.0
$7.50
8th  3. MONGOLIAN KHAN (AUS)
4yo Horse
MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN
OPIE BOSSON
59.0
$26.00
9th  8. DIBAYANI (IRE)
6yo Gelding
D HAYES & T DABERNIG
NICHOLAS HALL
59.0
$51.00
10th  14. FENWAY (AUS)
4yo Mare
LEE & SHANNON HOPE
BLAKE SHINN
57.0
$31.00
11th  1. CRITERION (NZ)
5yo Horse
D HAYES & T DABERNIG
TOMMY BERRY
59.0
$7.50
12th  2. PREFERMENT (NZ)
4yo Horse
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
59.0
$5.00
13th  11. LEEBAZ (NZ)
6yo Gelding
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
CHRISTIAN REITH
59.0
$101.00
14th  15. AWESOME ROCK (AUS)
4yo Horse
Leon & Troy Corstens
STEPHEN BASTER
59.0
$31.00

Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver storm down the outside to take out Sydney's richest race.

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