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Breakout Season For Brad Widdup

Modest Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup can be extremely proud of his achievement of notching 50 winners in his first full season of training.

Breakout Season For Brad Widdup

Modest Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup can be extremely proud of his achievement of notching 50 winners in his first full season of training.

Widdup reached the half century at Canberra last Friday when his improving young sprinter Boyer posted his third victory from only seven starts.

Widdup began training in April last year when prominent owner Damion Flower lured him to set up shop as a public trainer at his magnificent Platinum Park facility adjoining Hawkesbury racecourse.


Brad Widdup
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He was an instant success, scoring with his very first runner Junglized, ridden by his brother-in-law Christian Reith, on Canberra’s synthetic track on May 26 last year.

Widdup won five races from his first 15 starters in just over the last two months of last season and has prepared 50 winners and 70 placegetters from 247 runners this season.

He won his first stakes race when Sandbar, raced by Flower’s Jadeskye Racing, won the Listed Lonhro Plate at Warwick Farm in February. The same youngster went on to become his first Golden Slipper representative the following month.

Widdup admits his first 12 months were a little daunting after spending nearly a decade in as a foreman and assistant trainer under John Hawkes and Peter Snowden at Crown Lodge.

“I had been used to having 100 horses in my care,” he said.

“It was a lot different starting off with about one tenth of that number but Damion kept telling me not to worry and that it would all happen.

“We’ve gradually built up the stable and now have some terrific new clients who are giving us nice horses.

“I’m not setting myself any goals for the new season, other than trying my hardest to continue to improve and place my horses to the best of my ability.”

The lightly-raced rising four-year-old Boyer is unbeaten in all three Canberra starts but is nearing the end of his current campaign.

“Boyer was gelded before this preparation, and it has definitely made a difference,” Widdup said.

Boyer, by the imported G1 winner Power, was a $180,000 purchase by Flower at the 2016 NZB Select yearling sale at Karaka.

Widdup’s Chinese apprentice Qin Yong had the mount on Boyer, his 15th winner since his first Australian ride in April.

The mature age Qin Yong left his wife and child in China last year to further his career in Australia.

“He has been travelling all over the countryside to get a lot of rides under his belt,” Widdup said.

“It’s difficult being away from his family, but he never complains.

“He keeps trying to improve both his riding and his English and now has an excellent manager in Brett Adkins, who is looking after his bookings.”

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