Vid­dora firms spot among elite

Sunday Tasmanian - - Racing - LEO SCHLINK SUN­DAY DE­CEM­BER 3 2017 THE­MER­CURY.COM.AU

VID­DORA has ex­or­cised the ghosts of suc­ces­sive fea­tur­erace heart­break sto­ries by de­liv­er­ing Adelaide trainer Lloyd Ken­newell’s first Group 1 scalp with a scin­til­lat­ing vic­tory in the Win­ter­bot­tom Stakes (1200m).

The South Aus­tralian mare avenged luck­less near misses in the Moir Stakes (sec­ond) and Manikato Stakes (fourth) to stake her place among the na­tion’s sprint­ing elite.

Given a su­perb ride last night by Joe Bowditch, Vid­dora over­whelmed her op­po­si­tion to down Vic­to­rian Fuhryk and lo­cal hope Duren­dal at As­cot.

The tri­umph lifted $40,000 pur­chase Vid­dora’s earn­ings to $1.4 mil­lion — and strength­ened Ken­newell’s link to his favourite stal­lion I Am In­vin­ci­ble.

“That was bloody sen­sa­tional — 200m out, it was all over,” Ken­newell said. “She’s a spe­cial mare. She’s been through the wringer. She’s been in some good races and been un­lucky. Her form has been nearly un­beat­able in great races. To get a Group 1 is just sen­sa­tional. It was just a mat­ter of time.

Ken­newell was hugged by his fa­ther Gary as Vid­dora’s own­ers ju­bi­lated.

For vet­eran Bowditch, it was the sec­ond Group 1 of his ca­reer and the first since Hard To Get won the 2004 South Aus­tralian Derby.

“To win a Group 1 for Lloyd makes it even more spe­cial,” he said.

Bowditch bided his time after Vid­dora was typ­i­cally slug­gish from the gates.

“She can be a lit­tle bit tardy, which she was to­day,” Bowditch said. “I got a lovely run through and was al­ways con­fi­dent on the way through.

“As soon as she got to the out­side, I knew it was over.”

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