Lees mare to fol­low in Lu­cia’s hoof­steps

The Sportsman Midweek - - Camera Charts - ALAN GOLLOGLY

LAST start Rand­wick win­ner, the Kris Leestrained KARAVALI will be aim­ing to em­u­late former sta­ble­mate Lu­cia Valentina when she lines up in Satur­day’s Group 2 Ma­tri­arch Stakes (2000m) at Flem­ing­ton.

“Lu­cia” landed the prize in 2015 — God love her and Karavali’s re­verse way course proper gal­lop on Satur­day morn­ing in­di­cated that this mare will give a ton of cheek.

Af­ter a strong can­ter Karavali upped the tempo at the 1000m cov­er­ing that trip in 1.07.50 with a fi­nal hard held 600m in 37.00.

And if rain af­fected track Karavali’s chances will re­ceive a boost.

Also hav­ing spin in re­verse was last start long­shot Ever­est Day win­ner GRAND CON­DOR and he did it eas­ily cov­er­ing 800m in 52.90 (37.80).

Grand Con­dor will be en­tered for a 955 me­tre event at Moonee Val­ley night meet­ing on Novem­ber 17.

YU­LONG XINGSHENG will be com­pet­i­tive in the Lexus Hy­brid Plate ( Race 6) at Flem­ing­ton on Cup Day as her track­work was en­cour­ag­ing be­fore departure.

Early last week she gal­loped an­ti­clock­wise over 800m in 53.50

(37.60) and was un­der se­vere re­straint. Worth an in­clu­sion in your ex­otic bets.

DOUKHAM (Race 4 Rand­wick to­day) will ap­pre­ci­ate the drop in grade from St. Leger to a Bench­mark 75.

The stayer strode out boldly on Tues­day over 1400m in 1.29.80 (38.60) and I was quite taken with his turn of hoof over the latter stages. PRINCESS POSH ( Race 5) and ROSA CAROLINA ( Race 6) joined forces over 1000m on the course proper and duo hit the line un­der tight holds.

Their time of 1.09.40 (36.60) could have been low­ered con­sid­er­ably had their rid­ers de­sired.

GUARD OF HON­OUR is back in train­ing and the good look­ing chest­nut was a pic­ture of health stretch­ing over 800m in 56.00 (41.70).

MAGICALEASE has trained on nicely since his first-up Scone win and looked in su­perb or­der do­ing 1000m in even time.

Lonhro filly VA­LE­RIA who im­pressed with her de­but win has had a rel­a­tively quiet week but looked fan­tas­tic glid­ing up 600m in 39.90.

There ap­pears a “short but sweet” all up play at Muswellbrook this af­ter­noon.

LOMAZZO (Race 3) and KULNURA 7) have both trained on well since their last runs and the in form Aaron Bul­lock the sad­dle is a bonus es­pe­cially from low draws.

Karavali is poised to score back to back wins when she lines up in the Ma­tri­arch Stakes.

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