Vi­adana wipes away years of ‘duds’

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.

Photo: TR­ISH DUNELL.

Dream come true: Craig Grylls brings Vi­adana back to scale af­ter her fresh-up win at Ro­torua on Satur­day.

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