Lucia Valentina retired after injury setback

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Kris Lees and Lucia Valentina. Picture: Getty ImagesUPDATED: Trainer Kris Lees confirmed on Tuesday that connections had decided to retire Lucia Valentina.
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The champion mare will head to Coolmore Stud and be serviced by Fastnet Rock, Lees Racing said via Twitter.

Lees issued a statement saying Lucia Valentina would begin her breedingcareer in the next fortnight.

The Lees stable announced on Monday that Lucia Valentina had inflammation toher off foreleg and she would miss the rest of the spring but the injury was expected to bring forward plans to begin her time as a broodmare.

“Obviously, it’s very disappointing, but that’s racing,” Lees said.

“Lucia Valentina has been a wonderful mare to us.

“Whilst the injury is serious enough not to race her again, it won’t affect her career at stud.”

Lucia Valentina’s last race was a seventh to Winx in the Cox Plate and Lees indicated in his release that the injury almost certainly contributed to her below-par performance on October 22.

.Connections have decided to retire #LuciaValentina She will visit @coolmorestud#FastnetRock#ThankyouLucy

— Lees Racing (@Leesracing) October 31, 2016

EARLIER: The racing career of Newcastle-trained, three-time group 1-winningmare Lucia Valentina could be over after she was withdrawn from the rest of the spring carnival on Monday because of injury.

Lucia Valentina was set to race in the $2 million Emirates (formerly Mackinnon) Stakes (2000 metres) at Flemington on Saturday ahead of a potential farewell to racing witha second Hong Kong Cup run in December.

However, trainer Kris Lees announced on Monday via Twitter that the six-year-old was out for the remainder of the spring carnival because of an inflammation in heroff-side leg.

Lucia Valentina, winner of the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April at Randwick,wasseventh in the Cox Plate (2040m) behind Winx on October 22 at Moonee Valley.

Lees hassaid he would take Lucia Valentina to Hong Kong only if she was racing in good form, like she was when finishing an impressive fifth in the rich event last year.

Lucia Valentina, a $60,000 yearling buy which has won $4,354,803 in stakes,was set to head to the breeding barn at the end of last autumn, but the stunning 2.3-length victory in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes convinced connections to race her on for another campaign.

She wasexpected to be one of the leading chances in Saturday’s group 1 Emirates at Flemington.

Meanwhile, Lees has one runner, Onemorezeta, on the Melbourne Cup program. She will race in the last, the group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m). Newcastle trainer Paul Perry has Jeanneau in the sixth, the listedLexus Hybrid Plate (1400m).