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Viva Colonia


Viva Colonia won two good races as a hurdler in 2011 before a slight setback which prevented him for running in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012. With a break of nearly a year he began his chase career at Wetherby in December 2012 with a disappointing run which was too bad to be true!

Viva Colonia then fulfilled his promise on his second run over fences when winning a novice chase at Musselburgh over 2m 4f in January 2013 and then followed up a month later at the same track over 2m 4f in a tougher race. With victory over the Lucinda Russel trained and 4/7 odds on Tap Night now paving the way for the Cheltenham Festival and we have championship dreams once more!

He raced once at Cheltenham in the Greatwood Hurdle in November 2011 and flew up the hill to finish 5th of 23 and only beaten seven lengths by the highly talented Brampour (Paul Nicholls) and might have finished even closer had Timmy Murphy sat on him before but at least we now know he handles the track.

Entered in the Arkle Chase on Tuesday 12th of March over 2m and also the 2m Grand Annual handicap chase on Friday 15th March we have left options open but with the likelihood that the Grand Annual will be the target. Unless of course we take on Simonsig and Overturn in the Arkle!

If one of the top two in the market had a set back (Simonsig or Overturn) the Arkle will then be a strong possibility.

Viva Colonia was always going to be better over fences and is a very exciting prospect indeed.

He took time to settle in with Brian Ellison during December and would not eat a great deal but since those two wins he has been kicking and bucking and screaming for his food and is bouncing at home which is a major plus. This horse seems to have come right just in time to do himself justice at Cheltenham in the biggest race of his life.

A very exciting start to 2013 for Lee Bolingbroke and all the team at LBR horseracingtips and all the members involved who will be screaming Viva Colonia up the hill!

Viva ran very well to finish 5th at Aintree on 4th April 2013 in The Red Rum a 2 mile Grade 3 Hcp Chase under Danny Cook who thought 2 out he was going to win! It transpired that he had sustained a minor injury.We then ran him on the flat which was disappointing & then possibly over faced him running in races such as the Tingle Creek.

He bounced back to form on new years day 2014 when finishing 2nd to Mr Moonshine at Musselburgh a hcp over 2m 4f under Timmy Murphy who gave him a cracking ride,raised 3lb for that run to a career high of 142 he will now be entered to run at Sandown and Wetherby on Saturday February 1st both of which are handicaps over 2m and 2m 4f respectively.


Winner of the Scottish Future Champions Novices’ Chase at Musselburgh
Trainer – Brian Ellison
Jockey – Danny Cook
Owner – Lee Bolingbroke

Winner of the Beginners’ Chase at Musselburgh
Trainer – Brian Ellison
Jockey – Danny Cook
Owner – Lee Bolingbroke

Winner of the Totepool Cartmel Cup at Cartmel
Trainer – David O’Meara
Jockey – Denis O’Regan
Owner – Lee Bolingbroke

Winner of the Totescoop6 Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen
Trainer – David O’Meara
Jockey – Denis O’Regan
Owner – Lee Bolingbroke

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