Brad Widdup joins the city training jungle with junglized


Chris Roots @ Sydney Morning Herald



Brad Widdup is the latest NSW trainer to come out of the Crown Lodge program but he realises it is going to take a while to make his mark.


Widdup spent almost 10 years at Godolphin's Crown Lodge and developed into one of the most trusted foremans after working at other stables around Sydney, but it was time to test himself as a trainer in his own right.


An offer from owner Damion Flower to take over at Platinum Park at Hawkesbury led to Widdup calling time at Godolphin and for the past month he has been setting up his stable.


"It was a chance I wanted to take, I had been thinking about it for a while," Widdup said. "I have been here for a month and it is a learning process about training on the track and getting the system in place.


"What we really want to do is get up and racing and have runners because that is how you get known. But you can't rush it. At the moment I have about 20 in the stable but only three or four are ready to race.


"So it's a bit different from working at Godolphin but we are getting there."


The 43-year-old had a winner with his first runner in Junglized at Canberra and brings the Snitzel colt to Rosehill on Saturday.


"It was a good effort at Canberra on a track he hadn't seen before and this is the next step but it is a big step," Widdup said. "He gets a five kilogram weight relief but he will need it against city-class horses.


"He came through that first run really well and I think the 1200 metres will suit, but he is still developing and I think we will see his best as a three-year-old. It is a good test for him and I'm going there hoping he will be competitive. 


"It was nice for him to go to Canberra and come away a winner because it was a relief to get that first winner for the stable out of the way.


"But I realise that you aren't going to win every race. Starting out, people want to see that [winner] and it is a horse like Junglized that is going to help the stable get a profile and having it at Rosehill is part of that."