Lucia Valentina snapped an 11 race losing streak when proving too good in Saturday’s Group II Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Ironically her last victory came at Flemington over 2000m when the daughter of Savabeel won last year’s Turnbull Stakes.
With Damien Oliver steering a course to the outside rail in the home straight, Lucia Valentina ($3.60 fav) finished too well for her rival females to defeat Manageress ($10) by one length with Casino Dancer ($16) a half length away third.
Trainer Kris Lees said the drop back in class was a deliberate ploy to restore confidence to the five-year-old.
“She’s not a big mare and she’s been out of the winners’ stall for over a year now,” Lees said.
“We thought we needed to drop her back and hopefully get her a bit of confidence.”
Lees said he felt her class got her through under top weight of 59.5kg.
“She was really strong late and Ollie is a great asset to have,” Lees said.
“She didn’t get any favours and had to come around them with the big weight, she probably found the better ground out wide but it was still a very good effort.”
Lucia Valentina has been nominated for the International meeting at Sha Tin in December.
“She’s in the Hong Kong Cup (2000m) but we’ll see how she is out of this before making any decision.” Lees said.