Victorem bounces back with timely Victory


Coronavirus pandemic restrictions imply Port Macquarie coach Jenny Graham would possibly miss being trackside for her finest alternative to win a Group One race.

The Graham-trained Victorem ($17) overcame a tumultuous two weeks when he beat Niccanova ($21) by 1-1/four lengths within the Group Two Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Deep Impact ($9) was an extended neck back in third place.

The win gave Victorem poll and penalty-free entry to the Group One Stradbroke Handicap on June 6.

Restrictions imposed on journey due to coronavirus have meant Graham has needed to ship Victorem to her long-time good friend, Eagle Farm coach Barry Lockwood, for his Stradbroke marketing campaign.

Things acquired off to a rocky begin when Victorem bucked after the beginning of the BRC Sprint two weeks in the past and was ordered to barrier trial.

Victorem trialled on Tuesday in a lamb’s wool girth and it appeared to work nicely when leaping completely and he did the identical once more within the Victory.

Graham was in Port Macquarie on Saturday and stated her greatest fear now was getting a jockey.

Mark Du Plessis rode Victorem however has a Stradbroke reserving for Outback Barbie.

Outback Barbie continues to be outdoors the sector for the Stradbroke and Du Plessis might change into obtainable.

“I am sure we will get plenty of jockeys ringing us. This horse has been so good to us and already won over a million dollars,” Graham stated.

“It can be implausible for him to win a Group One and he deserves it.

“I’d identical to to thank Barry and his workers who’ve been implausible.

“To be able to trust someone with your best horse says it all.”

Graham stated she would take a look at methods to get to Queensland for the race however realised she needed to abide by the foundations.

“Of course I would love to be there but you have to do the right thing in these times,” she stated.

Trainer Steve Tregea can also be on the lookout for a Stradbroke jockey for Niccanova who completed strongly.

“I knew he was going well but he actually wanted to over-race in a 1200m race,” Tregea stated

“Watch him over 1400m in a fortnight.”

Deep Image did his Stradbroke possibilities no hurt after sitting deep all through.

Outback Barbie was a powerful fourth however will want issues to fall her technique to make the ultimate 18-horse area for the Stradbroke.

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