With twice the money up for grabs, the $2 million Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint had already attracted a star cast of sprinters but now the field has become a bit more interesting with the addition of Viddora. The top Australian sprinter brings an impressive resume and superb class into what is already becoming one of the more compelling races on Dubai World Cup night. The daughter of I Am Invincible is set to break new ground for trainer and co-owner Lloyd Kennewell when journeying to Dubai later this month and will attempt to enhance her already lofty credentials. A dual Group One winner in her native country, the 6yo recently made her 2019 bow after an 84 day layoff to finish eighth by three lengths in the 1200m Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.
She will be an inaugural traveller for Kennewell and will have the great Black Caviar’s previous travelling rider Paddy Bell overseeing her preparation. Last year’s Group 1 Moir Stakes winner will be up against the world’s best grass sprinters, with possible contestants including last year’s Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes victor Blue Point, Group 1 British Champion Sprint Stakes hero Sands Of Mali, fellow multiple Group One winning Australian Brave Smash and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal. “She had a nice little break and came back in really good order,” Kennewell said. “We are happy with how she’s progressing.
In the Oakleigh Plate, she wasn’t completely suited. She carried top weight and is a mare, but still ran very well while running on the worst part of the track. She has come on well since then.” Accustomed to sprints with a bend, Viddora will have to become reacquainted with a 1200m straight in the Al Quoz Sprint. “She’s had one run up the straight as a 4yo and she was a bit lost before hitting the line really well,” Kennewell said. “That was before she became the real Viddora and a Group One winner. She’s actually going to work up the straight this week to give her a refresher. That’ll be her final piece of work before heading to Dubai on the 18th. “It’s a great opportunity. I’m very excited and we have a big bunch of owners and a great support group around this mare. It looks like a high class race with horses like Blue Point in there, but we are quietly confident. We have a horse with one of the best turns of foot around and if she gets a slingshot out of there, she will be hard to beat.”