McDonald won the first four races for John O’Shea at Warwick Farm on Wednesday in Godolphin’s famous blue silks.

But it was Michael Costa who helped keep the streak going.

Having his first ride for Michael Costa Racing, McDonald saluted on Viaductress in the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap.

Viaductress’ win also gave Michael Costa Racing the second leg of a two-state double after Va Va Veni scored with authority at Doomben.

The daughter of Sharkbite (Viaductress) opened up at $17 and was backed into $4.6. She settled just behind the leaders in a three wide position with cover. Rounding the home turn the favourite BUTTERBOOM kicked clear into the straight but VIADUCTRESS let down with a storming finish to win by half a length.

James McDonald reported back “She is a little ripper. I gave her a slap with the stick at the top of the straight but she did not extend so I put the stick away and she just lifted. She is really gutsy and it was a pleasure to ride her”.

Michael’s Comments: “It has been a great journey with this little filly. I selected her off Valley End’s farm as a yearling. She was in the paddock with two well bred Choisir and Sebring fillies. Mr Bentata the owner of Valley’s End said I can train one of the three. We were both shocked when I choose the smallest and lesser bred of the three in Viaductress. It was an extremely gutsy performance today beating the older horses and she does have some improvement to come out of the run”.


Va Va Veni made it back to back wins securing his first metropolitan win in good style at Doomben.

Stepping up to the mile for the first time Va Va Veni jumped well and then was let settle just behind the leaders. Rounding the home turn he pushed his way out into clear running and lifted into another gear as jockey Dan Griffin let hime go.

Dan Griffin reported back “He made that look easy today and just continues to improve. Really solid effort”.

Michael Comment’s “All indications were that he was going to get the mile but you never really know until they are tested. This horse has had a lot of problems but he is just so competitive and gives you his all in his races. Full credit also goes to Dan Griffin for yet another gun ride and also congratulations to breeder Lucy Thomson landing her first city win as an owner”.

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