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.

1BODEGA NEGRABruce W HillJag Guthmann-Chester (a2/48kg)1360.5kg
2MOBACO (FR)Matthew DunnMatthew McGuren160.5kg
3OUR BOY NICHOLASToby EdmondsJim Byrne1259.5kg
4COLLABORATION (GB)Joanne HardyPeter Graham657kg
5ABU BEN ADAMPat DuffMs Skye Bogenhuber856.5kg
6YOHOKelso WoodLuke Dittman1155kg
7BENTLESTony GollanMs Tegan Harrison1554.5kg
8BUDGET BENDERMario CaltabianoRyan Wiggins1454.5kg
9MS BA BELLAGarnett TaylorAdam Sewell (a1.5/51.5kg)1054.5kg
10STEVE’S SURPRISEHunter KilnerMatthew Paget754kg
11WAR BABYKelvin HickmottTerry Treichel354kg
12YOUWAITANDSEETrevor HardyJames Orman (a0/53kg)954kg
13CASH SPINNERJohn SheltonBen Looker1654kg
14LIBERTY ISLANDBruce W HillLuke Rolls554kg
15eMURVATEGordon YorkeEric Cheung (a3/50kg)1854kg
16eHULA GIRLPaddy CunninghamNathan Thomas1754kg
17eMONTRER DAMEBruce W Hill454kg
18eSCOTTY BE GOTTIStephen Lee254kg


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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