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.
|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.