Lucia Valentina Fifth in 2015 Hong Kong Cup

December 15th, 2015

Australia was unable to produce a winner at Sha Tin on Hong Kong International Race Day, but talented mare Lucia Valentina has produced a strong effort to finish a credible fifth in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup (2000m).

Lucia Valentina (shown winning at Randwick) placed fifth in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Lucia Valentina (shown winning at Randwick) placed fifth in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Lucia Valentina jumped from the gates fairly in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup and was settled within the talent-rich field by jockey Damien Oliver, receiving a good run in transit as Japanese pace setter A Shin Hikari injected plenty of tempo from the outset.

Rounding onto the final straight blocked for a run, the Savabeel mare produced a typically impressive turn of foot to overcome a good portion of the classy thirteen horse field; more than warranting the trip abroad with the commendable result.

Champion hoop Oliver delivered a typically brilliant performance aboard Lucia Valentina in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup and revealed he was pleasantly surprised by the fortitude displayed by the mare in posting the result.

“That would have won her eight out of 10 Group Ones in Australia,” Oliver said.

“She ran out of her skin.

“She got a lovely run through the field and gave me a really terrific ride.

“I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.”

Trainer Kris Lees was pleased with Lucia Valentina’s performance in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup and confirmed she will return to the paddock with a view towards a late autumn/winter campaign in 2016.

“I’m delighted for her and for the owner,” Lees said.

“She justified us bringing her here and as Damien said, she would have won good races at home with a run like that.”

A Shin Hikari led from start to finish to win the 2015 Hong Kong Cup and only extended her lead in the final straight, while Nuovo Record and Blazing Speed filled out the minors.

Fellow Australian Criterion jumped poorly from a wide gate and was never in contention; eventually finishing the race ninth.

Punters who backed A Shin Hikari to win the 2015 Hong Kong Cup have been paid out on generous $37 for success!