Lucia Valentina Remains Favourite To Take Out The Caulfield Cup

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conditioner Kris Lees will be hoping that his exciting galloper can bring up her third career this Saturday when she contests the Caulfield Cup over 2400 metres.

The four-year-old brown mare, currently the $4.40 favourite with Sportingbet after yesterday's barrier draw., claimed the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill in the Autumn before finishing a strong third in the behind Rising Romance.

At her first start back in September, Lucia Valentina claimed the Group 2 Tramway Stakes and then ran sixth in the George Main before making her first trip down to Melbourne where she tasted success in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

That win earned her a spot in this year's Caulfield Cup where she will jump from barrier 12 with 53kg.

While Lucia Valentina comes into the race with some excellent recent form, Lees has expressed his concern surrounding the two Japanese racers who remain a bit of a mystery.

One of those is Bande which firmed firmed into $8 with Sportingbet after drawing barrier 10 . The Yoshito Yahagi-trained stayer is a last start winner of the listed Sapporo Nikkei back in Japan, while in the preparation prior to that he ran third in the Group 1 Japanese St. Leger.

Bande will carry 56.5kg in his quest to seize the Caulfield Cup while fellow Japanese raider Admire Rakti is the top weight with 58kg. Admire Rakti, currently $10 with Sportingbet, has not had a run since May and prior to that he had been mixing his form back home with just two placings last season.

English stayer Dandino drifted after drawing barrier 22, as did Kiwi mare Rising Romance which has come up with barrier 17 and you can currently get odds of $14 for both with Sportingbet.

Leading trainer Chris Waller will saddle up four contenders with Hawkspur, Junoob, Moriarty and all striving for success and you can currently get value with all of them at double figure odds.

Hawkspur, steady at $17 with Sportingbet, has barrier nine and champion Damien Oliver on his back while Moriarty, currently $21 with Sportingbet, is going into the Cup on the back of his last start win in the at Randwick.

Junoob has drifted out a fraction after drawing barrier 15 and is currently rated a $14 chance with Sportingbet while Who Shot Thebarman rocketed into contention for the Caulfield Cup after his last start win in at Flemington and is now showing odds of $15.

Also rated $15 chances with Sportingbet are Lidari, which ran second to Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes last start, and Dear Demi which claimed the Group 2 at Moonee Valley over 1600 metres two runs back.

The best of the rest is Stipulate at $19 while Big Memory, which gained a start in the field courtesy of his win in last Saturday's Group 2 Herbert Power Handicap, is out to $20 with Sportingbet.

There is value about The Offer, currently the equal second favourite to win the , which is now out to $21 with Sportingbet to taste success this Saturday.

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Katherine is an avid racing enthusiast born and raised in the beautiful Hunter Valley NSW. Coming from a family background of Harness, Thoroughbred and Greyhound Racing, Katherine has a keen interest in each of the three codes, with a particular passion for greyhound racing. Katherine was an Associate Producer for Sky Racing where she produced their weekly greyhound magazine program ’The Catching Pen’ while she was also involved in general raceday and the production of major racenights.

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