Vid­dora set to peak at Ever­est

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT RACING - GLENN McFAR­LANE

DUAL Group 1-win­ning sprinter Vid­dora is primed for her “hit and run” mis­sion to chase part of the $13 mil­lion booty on of­fer at in to­day’s Ever­est at Rand­wick.

Trainer Lloyd Ken­newell said his mare was in great shape ahead of the rich­est turf race in the world, fol­low­ing a strong hitout at Caulfield on Tues­day morn­ing. The last­start win­ner of the Group 1 Moir Stakes headed to Syd­ney on Thurs­day night, and will re­turn home to­mor­row, with Ken­newell buoy­ant about her chances in the big­gest race of their lives to date.

“I prepped her for the Moir be­cause last year we did the same, and the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from that was that if she did re­ally well, we were hop­ing to get one of those last (Ever­est) slots,” Ken­newell said.

“Her work (on Tues­day) was re­ally, re­ally good. It was ideal prepa­ra­tion work.

“It was nearly a clone of what she did at the Val­ley be­fore the Moir, and Joey (Bowditch) was re­ally ex­cited by it.”

Vid­dora is a $17 chance for the Ever­est and will jump from bar­rier 12, with Ken­newell confident his six-year-old can run a big race in a very open af­fair.

“Has any­one seen a sprint race this good where it is pos­si­bly go­ing to end up be­ing 10-1 the field?” he said.

“There looks to be great speed in the race, which is prob­a­bly a real pos­i­tive for us, and we have got one of the horses go­ing in with red-hot form.”

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