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How Grande Was That!

Wins don't come much tougher than that produced by Grande Vitesse at her Victorian debut with a hard fought all the way win for her jubilant group of owners as the FLR & Gai partnership continues to produce!

Grande Vitesse

The $130,000 Magic Millions purchase showed plenty of promise early days for her owners, however, like many do, she's asked her owners to show patience as she learned the art of being a racehorse.

After beginning her career in NSW and struggling on debut on Melbourne Cup Day, Grande Vitesse was relocated to Gai & Adrian's Flemington stables where she started to turn things around. A dominant 6 length Flemington jumpout win in sharp time ensured she started a short price on Thursday but many wondered - well nearly all except Gai wondered - whether 1400m first-up was the right move.

Well not many trainers have produced over 130 Group 1 winners so who should ever doubt the genius of trainer Gai Waterhouse as Grande Vitesse justified the decision to go to 1400m with a hard fought win.

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With Gai overseas, stable representative Emma Pearce was first to text message through congratulations to the FLR team while also noting she'd sent a text message to Gai saying

"Correct again! Well done!!"

Steve BasterCheeky Smile - Grande Vitesse and Stevie Baster all smiles after winning on Thursday

The 'Correct Again' theme was the story of the win after Grande Vitesse was headed 300m from the finish having led the field throughout at a very strong gallop but the bony filly dug deep to justify Gai's decision to go to 1400m.

"I was surprised how quickly the 2nd horse came to me and I honestly thought we were in trouble" said Steve Baster.

"But she's tough, she dug deep and pulled away on the line and was pulling away further after the post. Credit to Gai & Adrian they had her very fit and she was simply too tough"

Grande Vitesse

Trainers Gai & Adrian were similarly full of praise for Grande Vitesse post race.

"It was a very tough and tenacious win from Grande Vitesse yesterday. She has really turned the corner over the last few weeks, and if she can just learn to settle in her races, she'll win her share of races."

A big syndicate of 16 owners were on track to cheer her home and like many FLR racehorses she has a nice mix of first time owners and long term FLR owners who look like they've found themselves a nice 3YO filly for the Summer & Autumn.

Grande Vitesse will now head to a midweek 1500m Benchmark 64 at Sandown on January 3rd as she continues to thrive in her Flemington regime and hopefully she can go back to back for her terrific owner group!

Grande Vitesse is FLR & Gai Waterhouse's 4th runner in partnership and became our 4th individual winner at an obvious strike-rate of 100%

"Its a terrific start to our partnership with 4-year-old mares Almalita (3 wins) and Manhattan Vixen (2 wins) doing terrific jobs for their owner groups of now Rapido Chaparro (1 start, 1 win) and Grande Vitesse (2 starts, 1 win) are continuing the momentum" said FLR's Tim Wilson.

Congratulations: Kevin Gordon, Leonie Gordon, Heather Gordon, Emma Kay, Karla Riodan, Clare Dolling, Trent Retzlaff, Stuart Stockdale, Barbara Milh, Dream The Dream Syndicate (Andrew Hood), Matthew Scholten

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