GRADE 1 Woolavington winner Viva Maria arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday morning ahead of her attempt at the Grade 1 Maine Chance Paddock Stakes over 1 800m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Nathan Kotzen, Mike’s Summerveld assistant, is in Cape Town with her and said that the out and out galloper had travelled well. He added that running from the front was the style she enjoyed, so she was likely to race that way on Saturday. This should ensure a good gallop for a race that was run at a farcically slow pace last year, as she really had them strung out in the Woolavington and won her last start over 1 600m at Clairwood in similar fashion.
The four-year-old Jet Master filly had a holiday at the farm of her owner’s and breeder’s, Lammerskraal Stud, after her Woolavington win. She has had two comeback runs and Kotzen said, “She is now spot on.”