MONDAY: August 12, 2019: HAWKESBURY’S leading trainer Brad Widdup is edging closer to a century of career winners.
Widdup made it 98 when he opened his new season account at Goulburn today with a horse he described as being a “nightmare”.
Jailbreak ($2.70 favorite) broke through in the Maiden Plate (1300m), and his trainer, understandably, was a relieved man.
“He’s got all the ability, but even though he won today still did a few things wrong,” Widdup said.
“Hopefully now that he has broken through, he will go on with it.
“I’ve always had a good opinion of him.”
Jailbreak was the highest-priced yearling of the progeny of then first season sire Rubick offered at the 2018 Magic Millions sales at the Gold Coast. A member of the Segenhoe Stud draft, he fetched $470,000 as Lot 160.
Widdup thought enough of Jailbreak to start him off in the Wyong 2YO Magic Millions Classic (1100m) last December, but decided to geld him when he didn’t reproduce his excellent trial form (wins at Hawkesbury and Randwick) in his first four starts.
“He won another trial at Hawkesbury on July 15 after being gelded and then ran fifth at Canterbury nine days later,” Widdup said.
“I put a nose roll on him today and dropped him back in grade to the country.
“I’m not sure if the nose roll helped, but what I liked was the way he stretched away in the last bit when he got the better of the runner-up (Aspect Ratio). That’s what he had been doing in winning his trials.”
Adam Hyeronimus had Jailbreak out smartly at barrier rise and ensured main rival Aspect Ratio ($3.20) didn’t get away from him by pressuring him on straightening.
The pair had the race to themselves down the running with Widdup’s three-year-old getting the better of the runner-up in the closing stages.
Jailbreak’s stablemate Uprise, who finished fifth as a $2.30 favorite in the Maiden Handicap (1500m) at his first attempt at that distance, will not back up at Gosford tomorrow.
Widdup is looking forward to more runners in the coming weeks, having started six horses at last Friday’s Warwick Farm trial session (fillies Birdy and Darling Point were successful) and seven more young horses at the Hawkesbury session today where another filly Jokes also was successful.
Widdup’s Chinese-born apprentice Qin Yong partnered Jokes, and the trainer is keen to get him going again after returning from a visit to his homeland.
“Qin rode at the Narromine Cup meeting yesterday and in trials at Hawkesbury this morning, and then went to Goulburn for mounts in the last two races,” Widdup said.
“He is working hard and just needs the right opportunities.”
. Co-trainers Mitchell and Desiree Kearney also joined the 2019-20 winning list when they made it a Hawkesbury double at the Goulburn meeting.
Quick Spin (Travis Wolfgram) relished the fast pace and overpowered his rivals to take the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m) at $12.
The Hard Spun five-year-old’s two wins since joining the Kearney team have been at Goulburn.
“The speed certainly set it up for him,” Desiree Kearney said. “He was able to show his good turn of foot.”
. HOOFNOTE: Jailbreak’s younger half-sister by Dissident fetched $300,000 (Lot 887) at this year’s Magic Millions sales, being sold to Shadwell Stud Australasia.