Ballina Cup Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Ballina Cup which is to be run at Ballina racecourse on Thursday 8th, September 2016. View the Ballina Cup Field.

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 BODEGA NEGRA Bruce W Hill Jag Guthmann-Chester (a2/48kg) 13 60.5kg
2 MOBACO (FR) Matthew Dunn Matthew McGuren 1 60.5kg
3 OUR BOY NICHOLAS Toby Edmonds Jim Byrne 12 59.5kg
4 COLLABORATION (GB) Joanne Hardy Peter Graham 6 57kg
5 ABU BEN ADAM Pat Duff Ms Skye Bogenhuber 8 56.5kg
6 YOHO Kelso Wood Luke Dittman 11 55kg
7 BENTLES Tony Gollan Ms Tegan Harrison 15 54.5kg
8 BUDGET BENDER Mario Caltabiano Ryan Wiggins 14 54.5kg
9 MS BA BELLA Garnett Taylor Adam Sewell (a1.5/51.5kg) 10 54.5kg
10 STEVE’S SURPRISE Hunter Kilner Matthew Paget 7 54kg
11 WAR BABY Kelvin Hickmott Terry Treichel 3 54kg
12 YOUWAITANDSEE Trevor Hardy James Orman (a0/53kg) 9 54kg
13 CASH SPINNER John Shelton Ben Looker 16 54kg
14 LIBERTY ISLAND Bruce W Hill Luke Rolls 5 54kg
15e MURVATE Gordon Yorke Eric Cheung (a3/50kg) 18 54kg
16e HULA GIRL Paddy Cunningham Nathan Thomas 17 54kg
17e MONTRER DAME Bruce W Hill 4 54kg
18e SCOTTY BE GOTTI Stephen Lee 2 54kg


Trainer Kris Lees is hoping Damien Oliver will make an early commitment to ride Lucia Valentina in the Underwood Stakes.

The mare pleased the trainer in a Wyong barrier trial on Tuesday when she worked home late under Andrew Gibbons ahead of her next race in the Group One Underwood (1800m) on September 24 at Caulfield.

“Damien won the Queen Elizabeth on her, and has first refusal,” Lees said.

“But I would like him to make a decision soon rather than later. No doubt he will have a few offers.”

At her first start since winning the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April, Lucia Valentina finished fourth in last month’s Warwick Stakes won by Winx.

Lees stuck to his plan to give Lucia Valentina a barrier trial rather than another race to tune her up for the Underwood which will be her lead-up to the Cox Plate a month later.

The trainer has not yet decided whether Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain will run in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on October 1 or head to Melbourne for the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on Underwood day.

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