Viadana wipes away years of ‘duds’
ranga last Friday with wins by the Peter and Jacob McKay-trained Canterino on his way to a New Zealand Cup start, Glenn Old’s developing stayer Peacefuleasyfeelin, and promising types Poppa’s Delight ( Wayne Hillis) and Flying Fantasy (Mike Moroney/Chad Ormsby).
Wayne Hillis notched another win the following day at Rotorua when he produced first starter Dezignator for a smart performance, giving every indication that he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of his now retired Group I-winning brother Dezigna.
The Lance O’Sullivan-Andrew Scott-trained Vitali again showed his liking for the Rotorua track in the final race of the day.
It was not as clear-cut as his extraordinary 11length amateur win under Jacob McKay in September when his saddle slipped badly, but still convincing enough to suggest that connections might wish for races at the Arawa Park course every week.
Jason Bridgman’s big season with his 3-yearolds continued on the weekend when Costa Viva and Chambord filled the first two places in the Listed Ray Coupland Stakes.
Costa Viva was backed off the board and won like it as she notched the sixth win in the past 11 years for a horse from Te Akau Stables.
Among that list is King’s Rose in 2010, who went on to give Jason his first Group I success in the New Zealand 1000 Guineas.
With a record now of two wins and a second from her only three starts, Costa Viva will now go direct to the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton in a month’s time as one of several Bridgman-trained horses being aimed at the first classics of the season.
Dream come true: Craig Grylls brings Viadana back to scale after her fresh-up win at Rotorua on Saturday.