A pair of horses purchased from his former employer Godolphin will lead Brad Widdup’s assault at Kembla Grange on Wednesday.
Silent Sea (race four) and Aberration (race five) are both hunting second-up victories at the Illawarra Turf Club, with Heartaches (race one) also engaged for the stable.
Silent Sea and Aberration were both purchased last year by Dynamic Syndications at a Godolphin sale.
The syndicator opted to give the horses to Widdup, who worked as Godolphin’s foreman for a decade before branching out on his own midway through 2017.
“There is a bit of insight there [on the horses] but at the end of the day we just tried to buy value out of the sale,” Widdup said.
“We didn’t want to overpay and have a bit of fun so the owners can get their money back.
“Some of them are newcomers to racing so it was a great way for them to come into racing and see if they like it.”
Widdup has already had success with several of the purchases, including Witches which won at Royal Randwick on Monday.
He can continue that run at Kembla.
Aberration looks the best chance of Widdup’s runners after running second over the 1200m at the same track last start.
The son of Lonhro will contest the Shane Eades Transport Class 1 Handicap (1400m), with experienced hoop Christian Reith set to ride.
“He is an honest little horse and he gets his chance on Wednesday,” Widdup said.
“Obviously there is some good form coming out of his last race with [Travancore and Smartedge] coming first and second in the last on Monday.
“He has definitely trained on well.
“He is not a big horse by all means but he is an honest little horse which should run well.”
Reith will also link up with Silent Sea.
A daughter of Poet’s Voice, the mare will jump from barrier five in the Resolutions Class 2 Handicap (1200m).
“She is coming out of a very strong race, with the likes of Sasso Corbaro,” Widdup said.
“It was a solid field but it was pretty solid. She wasn’t disgraced and probably didn’t get the right run.
“We probably should have went forward. We elected to ride her a bit quieter and she got in a bad spot. Hopefully she will get a better run [on Wednesday] but I just don’t know how good [race favourite] Cradle Mountain is.”
Heartaches, a Snitzel filly, runs in the Happy New Year Provincial & Country Maiden Handicap (1300m).
The opening event runs at 1.25pm on what is expected to be a rain affected track.
Published in the Illawarra Mercury, story by Mitch Cohen.