Slot Holder: Damion Flower
Breeding: I Am Invincible – Snow Flight
Trainer: Lloyd Kennewell
Owner: Mr L M Kennewell, Mr C J Cooke, Mr M Adami, Dr E T Hodgson, Mrs J E Bowditch, Blue Hills, Mr F Fitzgibbon, Mrs G Fitzgibbon, Mr R Williamson, Mr J B Kaufman, Mr N J E Lovett, Mr M L Simpson, Mr D Rogers, Mrs K Rogers, Mr S H Ferguson, Mrs M C Ferguson.
Jockey: Joe Bowditch
Considered unlucky not to make the field for the inaugural Everest, Viddora’s late charge into the 2018 edition comes on the back of a first-up Group 1 win in the Moir Stakes.
With feature race wins on both sides of the country, the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth was her first major success, she’s a seasoned traveller and accomplished at the top level.
That’s something slot holder Damion Flower found irresistible when he had to find a replacement for his initial selection English.
“I’ve been watching her for 12 months. She’s a Group 1 horse every day of the week,” Flower said.
“The way the race is panning out she’s on the way up and she’s the one you want to be on.”
Trainer Lloyd Kennewell said he felt Viddora had to earn her stripes with that first-up win at Moonee Valley, over another Everest runner Brave Smash, after a disappointing campaign in Adelaide in the late autumn.
Once she did that it was a matter of hoping a slot was still available and as it happened Flower’s opened up.
“She’s proven a few doubters over the years and keeps stepping up to the plate,” Kennewell said.
“We know we are going into the race at the top of our game. She’s a no fuss horse and she handles all types of ground.”