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Viddora makes her first Group One victory the Winterbottom Stakes

Steve Bennett in Latest News 3 Dec 2017
  • Viddora takes out the Group One Winterbottom Stakes
Viddora wins the Winterbottom Stakes

South Australian sprinter Viddora notched up her maiden Group One victory by winning the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Trainer Lloyd Kennewell was as pleased as punch with the victory as it was also his first Group One success. 

“It’s the best feeling in the world today, it’s just unbelievable. To get that off my back means a lot” an ecstatic Kennewell said.

“It means a bit to me, it actually means a little bit more to me as I was born here in Perth. It’s the best feeling, 200 metres out and it was all over.

“She’s a good mare. She’s been through the wringer and come out the other side. She’s been in some good races and just been unlucky”.

Viddora finished second to Secret Agenda in the Group One Ubet Classic at Morphettville before finishing an unlucky second to She Will Reign in the Group One Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in September.

Winning rider Joe Bowditch also showed signs of relief as he praised the I Am Invincible mare for her efforts.

“To go close a couple of times in big races and not get there was quite heartbreaking, but this today is very rewarding” Bowditch said.

 “I was always confident. I came over here on Monday and rode her in her final piece of work on Tuesday. We knew we had the right horse” he added.

Viddora has a history of being a little tardy out of the barriers and Kennewell was prepared for it when he spoke to Bowditch before they jumped.

“I actually said to Joe (Bowditch) last night, if she’s slowly away, ride your own race but make sure you save ground and he did that perfectly”. 

After the historic win, the $600,000 winner’s cheque sees Viddora pass the $1million mark in career prizemoney.

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