Talented Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup is a quick learner and he plans to put a recent lesson into play at Canterbury on Wednesday which he believes can deliver him another city success.

A licenced trainer for less than 12 months, Widdup has trained the 12th most winners in the state this season, with eight of those victories coming in the city including a recent Listed win at courtesy of Sandbar at Warwick Farm earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Widdup heads to midweek meeting with as many as four runners but it’s the maiden filly Ridicule which he believes is the stable’s best chance of a winner in the 3YO Set Weights Maiden (1200m).

The daughter of So You Think is expected to strip much fitter for her second-up target after a solid first-up run when beaten a length by Swaffham Bulbeck at Randwick a fortnight ago.

“Her work was very good on Saturday and she’s going into the race with a good chance from a nice barrier,” Widdup said.

“I’d normally give two trials but she’s a filly that’s a little bit backward but a very good worker and I didn’t want her overdoing it at the trials.

“She’s still a tad immature but loaded with ability and I’ve been trying to juggle things with her because I would like to get a few runs into her this prep.

“The 1200m will suit better and she will be pretty close to the mark in this.”

Widdup said looking back, he believes he erred on the side of caution in both of Ridicule’s previous starts, riding the filly with a sit rather than using her tactical speed to take up the running but from the inside draw, that could change on Wednesday.

“I think we’ve got to be positive on her tomorrow,” he said. “It’s probably cost us twice now looking for that perfect run.

“Off the inside gate we’ll go forward and see what happens. I think it will probably suit her to be able to roll along in front and do her stuff.

“We’ll be positive, if something wants to go hard then we can just sit off it.”

The Racenet Speedmap agrees, with Ridicule taking it up on our new ‘Settling Position’ speedmap (Click here to view).

Ridicule has opened the $2.35 favourite for the race which her trainer hopes can springboard the filly into bigger races over the coming weeks and or months.

“I’m just taking it steady as we go at the moment,” Widdup said.

“I think she’s one of my better horses but I’m going to let her tell me when she’s ready to start mixing it with the better class of fillies.

“She is still a maiden so we’ll cross that bridge after she wins a race.

“I know when and where those better races are and we’ll talk about them after she wins a race.”

Other runners for the stable on Wednesday are Miami Dade, which Widdup indicated could be scratched if the track is rain affected, Legadema, a horse that the trainer said he’s “not sure about him either if it’s wet” and Dancers, a filly that will be better suited as the distances increase.

“She’s drawn wide and will probably go back and be ridden quiet but I’m really happy with how she’s come back and ticking along,” he said.

“She’s a filly that will get better as the distances increase but if they went mad and they could run on tomorrow, it wouldn’t shock me if she’s charging late.”



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