THURSDAY: August 17, 2017: HAWKESBURY trainer Brad Widdup could not have wished for a better start to his career.
His success with lightly-raced three-year-old Acqume at Gosford today was his seventh from only 23 starters.
A $1.90 favorite, the Sepoy filly won the 3YO Maiden Handicap (1200m).
Widdup, who set up shop at Hawkesbury a few months ago, scored at Canberra with his first starter Junglized in late May and hasn’t looked back since.
He also celebrated a breakthrough success at Rosehill Gardens on July 29 with Suspenders, who carried the same colours as today’s winner.
“She is a nice filly who has a few tricks but is getting better,” Widdup said after Acqume’s victory.
“I’m sure she will be better too when we can get her in races where the speed is on and she can settle.”
Widdup’s brother-in-law, jockey Christian Reith, ironically missed out on maintaining a winning record for the trainer.
He had ridden Widdup’s previous six winners, and was to have partnered Acqume at Canterbury yesterday in a 3YO Benchmark 73 Handicap (1200m).
However, Widdup felt a better option for his filly was the Gosford race, where Reith was booked for $16 chance Torvill, who gave Acqume a real run for her money in the straight before going under narrowly.
Josh Parr rode Acqume, who sat outside the leader Stanley Park before taking over on the home turn.
“She is a nice filly who has a lot of improvement, both mentally and physically,” Parr said.
Fellow Hawkesbury trainers Brooke Somers, Noel Mayfield-Smith and Jason Clisby all had second placings in the last three races at Gosford.
Somers had Star Bolt ($7), Mayfield-Smith saddled Addicticraft ($12) and Clisby was represented by Zaveena ($21).