Viddora firms spot among elite
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.”