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  • Writer's pictureJohn Curtis


TUESDAY: May 23, 2023: BRAD Widdup has had newcomer Guzumped for a mere week – and won with him first-up at Kembla Grange today.

The Dundeel three-year-old, a $200,000 yearling buy at the Gold Coast two years ago, was transferred from Hong Kong-bound trainer Mark Newnham’s Royal Randwick stable last Wednesday.

Ridden by star apprentice Tyler Schiller, who was indentured to Newnham, Guzumped ($8.50) overhauled Justela ($7.50) and $1.55 hotpot Runwiththetide in the Provincial Maiden Plate (1600m).

“Mark recommended a few trainers for his horses, and I was very appreciative to get a dozen of them,” Widdup said this evening.

“Seven of them are for Guzumped’s major part-owner Frank Mittiga, whom I know but have never trained for previously.

“The horse came to me in great order, and it was terrific to get a first-up win for Frank and his fellow owners.”

Newnham had trialled Guzumped three times to prepare him for his resumption; the latest when second to Smart Legend (who won the following race today) in a 1050m heat on his former home track yesterday week.

“Mark mentioned that Guzumped needed 1500m to kick him off, and I noticed this 1600m Maiden restricted to provincial horses,” Widdup explained.

“It all worked out well.

“He is a good style of horse, and hopefully can go on with the job now that he has broken through at only his second start.”

Guzumped had finished last in a 1300m 2YO Maiden at Wyong last July when making his debut for Newnham.

. Hawkesbury stables clinched a Kembla Grange double, with Royal Randwick trainer Michael Freedman’s second barn at the provincial track also scoring with $2.60 favorite Resistible.

Given a perfect run outside the leader Belriah ($31) in the Class 1 Handicap (1400m) by provincial premiership leader Keagan Latham, the Snitzel three-year-old was never seriously threatened once she took control in the straight.

Resistible beat Donegal Lights ($11) and Always In ($6.50), posting her second win from nine starts. She has also been placed on three occasions.

Resistible was also sold at the same Gold Coast yearling sale as Guzumped, and fetched $270,000.

. The Kembla double lifted the number of winners trained from Hawkesbury so far this season to 168.

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