Monday, 14 November 2011
: Former champion jockey Neville Voigt and his son Chris stole the show with their mare Viva Las in the $50,000 Snake Gully Cup at Gundagai on November 11.
| Viva Las|
Photo by Racing and Sports
The Randwick based father and son training team made the right decision when they selected the Gundagai feature race for Viuva Las over a start in Sydney at Rosehill the following day.
She was the first Gundagai starter for the Voigt stable but there was a downside as Neville Voigt could not travel to the meeting as he was laid up at home in Sydney with his foot in a cast recovering from a recent injury.
“I reckon the old man will be up and dancing around the lounge room,” son Chris said after Viva Las led from start to finish for a decisive win over the Canberra-trained pair Capital Commander and Lebrechaun.
Chris Vogt praised a brilliant ride by Queanbeyan jockey Adrian Layt after he took control of the race from the start.
“I told him they wouldn't beat her if she led and he did the rest,” Voigt said.
"We're very glad we came this way now. This is our first time here to Gundagai and we'll be coming back, don't worry about that.
"We were very confident. I told Adrian if she got to the turn first she would win.
"We freshened her up after the Belle Of The Turf at Gosford, dropped her back in distance and she's done really well."
Capital Commander started favourite while the National Sprint winner Lebrechaun made a great start to his summer campaign aimed at next month's Villiers Stakes at Warwick Farm with his strong finish for third.