Hawkesbury Tuesday - Widdup Hopes To Continue Winning Ways

Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup hopes to continue his winning ways on his home track on Tuesday.

Hawkesbury Tuesday - Widdup Hopes To Continue Winning Ways

Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup hopes to continue his winning ways on his home track on Tuesday.

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Widdup has two runners – I Am Special (Clarendon Tavern C2 Handicap 1000m) and Cabriere (Schweppes Provincial & Country Maiden, 1300m).

I Am Special Horseform comes back to provincial company after an authoritative first-up victory at Orange, whilst Cabriere is getting close to a breakthrough success.

In his first 12 months of training, Widdup has had 19 starters to date at Hawkesbury meetings for five winners and four placings.

I Am Special has six rivals and has drawn the inside alley.

“She has had a lot of problems, and as a result has raced only four times so far for two wins,” Widdup said.

“Her Orange win earlier this month was good, and I’m sure she will be very competitive.”

A four-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible, I Am Special started favorite at her debut at Muswellbrook on September 10 last year in a 900m Maiden but began to buck soon after the start and was restrained out of the race.

She subsequently trialled to stewards’ satisfaction at Hawkesbury and then won at Canberra 12 days after her initial start, when also favorite, in a 1000m Maiden Plate.

When resuming at Orange on March 5 in a 1000m Class 2, I Am Special had no trouble easily beating Dollar Thief and And So It Goes (subsequent Kembla winner Charlie Chap was fourth).

Cabriere Horseform, a three-year-old son of Pierro, has raced only twice.

He ran second on debut to Durif in a 1200m Newcastle Maiden on February 11, then started odds-on when fourth to Invincible Thunder in a similar race a fortnight later at the Country Championships Qualifier meeting at Mudgee.

“He didn’t begin all that well at Mudgee, and was last settling down,” Widdup said. “It’s never easy to make up enough ground after that, but he kept coming to the line.

“Hopefully, he can jump and take a more forward position tomorrow.”

Widdup’s talented youngster Sandbar finished a game seventh to Estijaab in last Saturday’s Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Gardens and goes for a break, having won two of his five starts including a Listed success and a G3 placing. He has earned $211,620 for his connections.

Sandbar Horseform ran well in the Slipper, and deserves a rest,” Widdup said.

“He has been up for quite a while as we were initially getting him ready for the Magic Millions in January, until he had a little setback.”

Ridicule Horseform kept the stable flag flying high at the Kembla Grange meeting on Saturday with a victory in the C2 Handicap (1400m) for the second win of her five-start career.

In the process, she gave her trainer the 44th victory of his fledgling career and was the 55th Hawkesbury-trained winner since January 1.

Widdup is looking at the G3 JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 21 with the three-year-old filly, who has a G1 pedigree.

She is a daughter of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think and her dam is G1 Winter Stakes (Tattersalls Tiara) winner Russeting.

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