THURSDAY: December 6, 2018: BRAD Widdup could not have chosen a better assignment for lightly-raced Swelt to break through at Gosford today – and the colt ensured punters had no reason to be hot under the collar!
Widdup notched his 17th winner of the season – and Hawkesbury’s 63rd - when hotpot Swelt ($1.35) took the Maiden Handicap (1000m), restricted to horses with no more than three starts.
It was also his third winner in the past week, having also scored with other favorites Ragazze at Wyong last Thursday and Sizzled at Newcastle last Sunday.
With Widdup’s brother-in-law Christian Reith aboard, Swelt relished a drop in class from his first two assignments.
He ran third on debut to Lean Mean Machine (subsequent winner of both the Group 2 BRC Sires Produce Stakes and Group 2 ATC Run To The Rose) in a Warwick Farm 2YO Maiden (1000m) in March and runner-up to Rosina Kojonup (a subsequent Warwick Farm winner yesterday) in a Hawkesbury Maiden (1000m) on November 14.
“Swelt did a good job to win today,” Widdup said.
“He keeps improving and I may give him only one more run before a break.
“I’m sure he is feeling the firm tracks and no doubt will really appreciate getting on to ground which has some give in it.”
Widdup’s major client Damion Flower bred Swelt and races him under his Jadeskye banner along with good friend John Mafiti (Samaco Racing).
Well-named Sizzling colt Swelt is the first foal of the Danehill Dancer mare Midnight Dancer, who bowed out a Doomben winner in September, 2014 before retiring to stud.
Meanwhile, the horse who provided Widdup with a breakthrough winner with his first starter on Canberra’s ACTON track in May last year, resumes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Junglized (Rachel King) begins a new campaign in the Benchmark 88 Handicap (1100m).
The Snitzel four-year-old hasn’t raced since finishing seventh in a Class 6 Plate (1200m) at Doomben on September 15.
Previously, he was successful over the same distance at Canterbury on August 29.
“I may have sent him to Brisbane a bit too close to the race, and he didn’t run as well as we hoped he would,” Widdup explained.
“In future, I would take him up earlier and give him ample time to settle in.”
Junglized won a 1000m barrier trial at Hawkesbury on November 26 and has an excellent first-up record of one win and three placings from four starts.
“Junglized has drawn well on Saturday, and I feel he will run well fresh,” Widdup said.
“But I’m not getting ahead of myself in respect to the Magic Millions meeting at the Gold Coast in January.
“Junglized’s form will tell us if another trip north is warranted.”
A $400,000 Magic Millions purchase in 2016, Junglized has won five and been placed on five occasions from 15 starts and has overcome a throat operation.