Va Via gets Godolphin ball rolling in 2024
Va Via impressed hugely in winning the Listed Black Pearl Stakes at Geelong on Saturday 6th January 2024
- 4-year-old Va Via wins impressively at Geelong.
- The hot favourite Va Via had comes with a huge reputation as part of Godolphin yard.
- Trainer James Cummings is enjoying a superb start to 2024.
- Va Via picked up an impressive win and the A$70,000 prize pot in Victoria.
With the constant rotation of big races catching the eye with punters, certain horses have bigger reputation than others with Australian online betting sites.
Godolphin horses always carry an extra sense of gravitas and Va Via hit the ground running in 2024.
Getting a read on the horses that may fare well in the year ahead is always a key strategy for the year ahead with both punters and Aussie bookmakers.
Va Via comes from serious stock and with James Cummings believing that the 4-year-old was up for the step in trip, Va Via impressed hugely in triumphing at Geelong, with experts tipping it to have a bright future.
Va Via Voom
A hallmark of James Cummings and Godolphin trained horses is their speed and Va Via appears to have it in spades.
Despite being the heavy favourite for the Listed Black Pearl Stakes, Va Via was making both a step up in trip at Geelong and in terms of competition too.
Key to the victory in the 6-furlong contest was Va Via’s ability to stretch away when it mattered, and Godolphin will be hoping to see much more of the same turn of speed from Va Via in 2024 on many more occasions.
Lane in a league of his own
The victory for Va Via was expected to a degree by many online betting sites at Geelong on Saturday but the manner with which Damian Lane prevailed in the Listed Black Pearl Stakes was a standout performance.
Having been packed in midfield until a furlong or so out, Damian Lane managed to navigate a path for Va Via to stretch his legs and rattle away from the pack.
With another victory to his name at Geelong on Saturday on board another exciting speedster Elouyou, it was a good day out for Lane, who continues to prove himself as one of the best in the business.
Bright future for Va Via
Having been sired by prolific winner Astern, and as a half-sister to fellow big-race behemoths Tom Kitten and Promotions, there was perhaps a sense of inevitability that Va Via would come good at this level.
Aged 4, and under the stewardship of James Cummings, with the Godolphin colours backing her too, Va Via demonstrated at Geelong why there has been plenty of hype surrounding her of late.
How far Va Via can go remains to be seen but, on this evidence, it should be a fascinating 2024 ahead for Va Via and connections.
Getting the first win on the board in any calendar year is welcome and for Va Via, registering a victory at the Listed Black Pearl Stakes at Geelong was a real marker.
A horse that has been monitored by Australian punters and betting apps alike, Va Via is off to a flyer in 2024 and James Cummings and Godolphin will be hoping for more parades around the winner’s enclosure.