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The Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm bred Vice Versa showed good improvement on her debut run when showing an impressive turn of foot to break her maiden impressively over 1000m at Kenilworth on Tuesday.

Owned by Craig and Ross Kieswetter and Ridgemont Racing, the Brett Crawford trained Vice Versa is bred to be well above average.

The 3yo filly is a daughter of prominent speed sire Var, last season’s Champion Sire of 2yos in South Africa.

Var, whose son Purple Diamond is a runner in Saturday’s G1 Forus Cape Guineas, is the sire of 20 individual G1 performers, including champions Val De Ra (dam of Miss Frankel), Via Africa, and former Cape Guineas winner and dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club.

Vice Versa is the fifth winner produced by National Assembly mare Viva, whose seven career wins included the 2009 G3 Champagne Stakes (over Fillies Guineas winner Rei Rei and 2008 Champagne Stakes winner Purple Orchid).

Viva has been even more successful at stud, with her offspring including two top class fillies in the form of Cold As Ice and Live Life-with both fillies winning the G2 Sceptre Stakes.
Herself a winner in Britain, the talented Cold As Ice (Western Winter) won five of seven starts in South Africa, including the G2 Choice Carriers Fillies Championship, and was a head second, to five time G1 winner Inara, in the 2015 G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes.

Live Life (by Trippi), a good third in the recent G2 SW Security Solutions Southern Cross, has also been a top class performer, with her wins also including the 2017 CTS Sprint.

Viva is also dam of speedy Viva La Var (a full brother to Vice Versa), a winner of four of just ten outings and runner up in the Listed Umngeni Handicap.

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