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    AMORE VITA

    HAVING completed what could be a hit-and-run mission, top mare Amore Vita will be primed for her title defence. Second-up from a spell, Amore... Immediate plans yet to be decided with star mare

    HAVING completed what could be a hit-and-run mission, top mare Amore Vita will be primed for her title defence.

    Second-up from a spell, Amore Vita produced a breath-taking performance to capture The Golden Girl at Albion Park just moments ago.

    Naturally thrilled with Amore Vita’s effort in the Garrards-sponsored Group One, trainer Emma Stewart explained her plans for the four-year-old.

    While the immediate options have yet to be decided, Amore Vita’s primary target is the Vicbred Super Series in September.

    Triumphant in the two and three-year-old editions, the daughter of Art Major will aim to join her former stablemate, Maajida, as the only mares to complete a clean sweep of the Finals.

    Maajida achieved the feat in 2019, ’20 and ’21 to join Colbruce as just the second pacer to win each season’s decider.

    It’s likely Colbruce will forever hold a Vicbred record, however, having won four Finals!

    The Noel Shinn-trained colt was triumphant on June 1, 1996 before the event was declared a “No Race”.

    Returning to Moonee Valley a fortnight later, Colbruce was once again victorious in what was a fitting win.

    The son of Muckalee Strike was then successful as a three-year-old in May 1997 and at four in December ’97.

    “The Blacks A Fake next week is an option, but we’re really not sure at this stage,” Stewart said. “Everything she does over the next six or so weeks will be based around her Vicbred defence.”

    With Chris Alford in the cart, Amore Vita was settled towards the tail of the field from her second row draw before being taken three-wide turning into the back straight.

    Sustaining a strong sprint, Amore Vita grabbed the lead in the last stride to score by a half-head from Manhattan.

    In a ‘blanket’ finish, Delightful Angel was a neck away third.

    Rating 1:50.5 over 1660 metres, Amore Vita took her record to 15 wins and 11 placings from 31 starts for earnings of $553,053.

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