Rose of Viva Vienna No Surprise to Warwick
18 Sep 2023
NZ Racing News reports (excerpt):
The rise to prominence of Viva Vienna has been of no surprise to Westbury Stud general manager Russell Warwick, who formed a strong early opinion of the filly.
The daughter of All Too Hard was bred by farm principal Gerry Harvey and sold through the Karaka nursery’s draft to Te Akau chief David Ellis for $100,000 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale.
Viva Vienna has won four of her seven starts, including success in Saturday’s Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes (1200m) for trainers Mark Walker and Sam Bergerson at Riccarton where she defeated another stud graduate in Illicit Dreams.
“She was a lovely filly, very neat and a good walker and I thought she was well bought,” Warwick said.
“She’s out of a Snitzel mare and looked like a runner and is now a very valuable filly.
“She was professional and a couple of local trainers looked at her and I said she’s a good filly, unfortunately they didn’t have the budgets to buy her and David did so good luck to them.”
Viva Vienna’s dam is the unraced Anna Of Austria, who has a juvenile filly by Swiss Ace named Liechtenstein.
“She starts pre-training this week with Chard Ormsby and will have six or seven weeks with him,” Warwick said.
“She’s well named being by Swiss Ace out of Anna Of Austria, the little land-locked country between Switzerland and Austria is Liechtenstein.”
Anna Of Austria produced a colt by El Roca earlier this month and is booked to visit Cambridge Stud’s Hello Youmzain.
Illicit Dreams is also out of a Snitzel mare, but sadly Illicit Romance has passed away.
“We lost her unfortunately, which was bad luck because she’s a good filly as well,” Warwick said.
Meanwhile, the farm has a sizeable team of juveniles preparing for New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale on November 22-23.
“We’ve entered 60, but more likely by the time some go shin sore and things evolve that we’ll have 50 by the time we get there,” Warwick said.
“We took 43 last year and sold 38 so if we get the same clearance rate it will be a big achievement.”