Locally trained mare Viddora will be given another chance to claim a Group 1 trophy when she lines on in the $1m Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
Viddora made up plenty of ground late to run second to the front running Secret Agenda in the Group 1 $1m Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on May 6 and trainer Lloyd Kennewell is happy to give her another attempt to gain a Group 1 win.
“It’s a $1m race in own backyard so we’ll obviously roll the dice if everything goes according to plan.” Kennewell The Advertiser.
Equal top weight and last year’s winner Black Heart Bart is weighted to win again according to Kennewell but he is happy to see how the I Am Invincible mare performs in that class before heading back to Queensland for the Winter Carnival.
“Black Heart Bart is clearly the best horse in the race. If he brings his A-game, he wins,’’ Kennewell said.
“Even with the 54kg Viddora is going to struggle to be competitive at the weights.’’
Kennewell is eyeing off a start in the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 10 for Viddora who he said would be better treated under the handicap conditions.
“She’ll have to run well on Saturday to go to Queensland,’’ Kennewell said.
“The Stradbroke is a great race for her.’’
Viddora has already travelled to Queensland and competed over the Summer Carnival for a second to Hidden Pearl in the Listed $100,000 Falvelon Quality (1000m) at Eagle Farm on December 31 before running second to Target In Sight in the $1m Myer Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 14.
Joe Bowditch has retained the ride on Viddora who should get another nice run from barrier seven in the capacity twenty horse Goodwood field.
Viddora has been a model of consistency with four seconds from her last five starts, the other run being a victory in the Group 3 $120,000 R N Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville two starts back on April 22.
Early betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for The Goodwood has Viddora at the double figure odds of $21 while Darren Weir’s five times Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart sits at the top of the market order at $3.40 while bookies are keeping Lindsay Park’s former West Australian trained sprinter Vega Magic safe at $6 ahead of Group 1 winner Malaguerra at $8 and Robert Sangster Stakes victor Secret Agenda at $8.50.