Costa Viva, trained by Jason Bridgman, was purchased by David Ellis from the Gold Coast Sale for $100,000. A classy runaway winner on debut in August 2013, she stepped up to Listed company at just her second start and was a close runner up in the $70,000 Group 3 Gold Trail Stakes behind Bounding at Hawkes Bay in September 2013.
It was only a matter of time until this Encosta de Lago filly claimed black type honours and this came at start number three when she was a smart winner of the $50,000 Listed Ray Coupland Stakes 1400m in October 2013 at Ashburton – a race now won seven times by Te Akau – her stablemate Chambord was impressive in second – he subsequently finished second in the $400,000 Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas at his next start.
In November 2013 at only her fourth start, Costa Viva downed the hot favourite Bounding to claim line honours in the $300,000 Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas when ridden by Leith Innes. In December she finished second, beaten only a neck, in the $100,000 Group 2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
Her final start in that preparation was in the $70,000 Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes 1600m at Trentham in January 2014 after which she pulled up sore. Sent to spell, she could not participate in any further legs of the highly prestigious New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year contest. However she had amassed sufficient points to hold on to victory and in Marcvh 2014 was crowned New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year – the fifth Te Akau winner of this coveted title.
In May 2014 Costa Viva finished a desperately unlucky fourth in the Listed Gold Coast Guineas.
Costa Viva is raced by Dave and Nicky Hurst, Dianne Ford and Ray and Jan Batten. She has raced nine times, recording three wins and four placings for stakes of $262,633.