Ken­newell on track to claim first Group 1 win with Vid­dora

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOOGOOD

TRAINER Lloyd Ken­newell is con­fi­dent sta­ble star Vid­dora primed for her first-up tilt at the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) Moonee Val­ley tonight as she bids to go one bet­ter than last year in the weight-for-age sprint.

Vid­dora was taken to Moonee Val­ley for a solo work­out on Mon­day morn­ing and did ev­ery­thing Ken­newell wanted to see build­ing up to tonight’s as­sign­ment.

“I think she’s in re­ally good or­der and ticked every box for mine up un­til now,” Ken­newell said.

“I’m just hop­ing she has a smooth lead-up into the race and what­ever hap­pens, hap­pens but I think she’ll be right in thick of things.”

She could give Ken­newell his first Group 1 win since set­ting up a Mel­bourne base at Caulfield at the start of this sea­son.

“It was one those things, ob­vi­ously the photo didn’t go our way last year but I think she’s pretty sim­i­lar to last year,” he said.

“She’s in su­per con­di­tion and you can’t leave any stone un­turned for a Group 1 when you’ve got a horse that loves win­ning first-up. We’re go­ing in as good as we can.”

With plenty of pace ex­pected in the Moir, Ken­newell is hop­ing Vid­dora can have a trou­ble-free run and fin­ish pow­er­fully.

“We know that there’s plenty of horses in there with of speed so it’s just a mat­ter us hope­fully draw­ing rea­son­ably nice bar­rier, get­ting as good a run as pos­si­ble and hav­ing no bad luck,” he said.

“And I think she’ll be right in the fin­ish.

“It’s go­ing to be a very ex­cit­ing race.”

Vid­dora is primed for tonight’s Moir Stakes at Moonee Val­ley.

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