Brad Widdup sets sights on Golden Slipper with Sandbar; Newnham laps up Classic success


SANDBAR gave his trainer Brad Widdup a breakthrough stakes success while The Enzo’s trainer-jockey combination of Mark Newnham and Josh Parr are proving almost unbeatable together after the two colts swept the feature juvenile races at Warwick Farm on Saturday.


Unbeaten Sandbar is Golden Slipper-bound after winning the Listed $125,000 Lonhro Plate (1100m) but The Enzo shapes as an ATC Sires Produce Stakes contender after his win in the $250,000 Inglis Classic (1200m).

Widdup has been training for less than a year but has a strike-rate of one winner every four runners that is the envy of his peers.


Sandbar gave Widdup the first of what promises to be many stakes wins as the trainer confirmed plans to set the colt for $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 24.

“He is virtually in the Slipper now, there are plenty of options in the next few weeks so we can pick our mark for his next start,’’ Widdup said.


“He dug deep at his first start and he dug deep again today, so he can’t do more than he is doing.’’

Sandbar ($8), ridden by Christian Reith, fought back after behind headed to edge out Satin Slipper ($3.40 favourite) to win by a long head with early leader Oxford Tycoon ($6.50) three-quarters of a length away third.


“A lot of people underrated Sandbar today but we expected him to do that,’’ Reith said.

“He is a very nice colt but he is still learning. He has only had two starts and two trials so what he is doing now he is only going to improve on.’’

Satin Slipper, winner of the Gimcrack Stakes at her previous start, loomed up to win and her effort to go under narrowly at level weights was full of merit.

The Enzo’s trainer Mark Newnham is another emerging force in Sydney racing, particularly when he has Parr riding his horses.

“Josh has ridden six consecutive winners for me,’’ Newnham said.


It goes without saying Parr will be first-choice jockey next start for The Enzo ($11) after their half neck win over Sanctimonious ($2.70 favourite) with Pembroke Castle ($12) running on well for third, just over a length away.

“I was confident The Enzo would run well after watching the first race,’’ Newnham said.

“The Enzo ran a close third to Sandbar at Canterbury last start and that form looked even better after Sandbar won (Lonhro Plate).

“Josh rode him well and he’s a tough colt. I don’t think he is a Slipper horse as I think he will appreciate getting out to 1400m and 1600m. If he keeps improving we might looks at the Sires and the Champagne Stakes.’’