Clinton Payne 

22 November 2017


Talented horseman Brad Widdup continues to make his mark since taking out his training licence with another metropolitan winner at Canterbury on Wednesday.


Since taking out his licence earlier this year, Widdup has won 18 races with 64 runners at an impressive winning strike rate of better than 27 percent.


The former lieutenant to some of Sydney’s best trainers, including Peter Snowden and John O’Shea, runs his team out of high-profile owner Damion Flower’s Platinum Park stables at Hawkesbury and it was Flower’s red with white spots that Junglized carried to success in the 3YO Benchmark 72 Handicap (1100m) on Wednesday.


The son of Snitzel led throughout to beat a smart field and Widdup said the gelding has matured since giving his trainer his first winner when last in work.


“He’s starting to learn,” Widdup told Sky Racing. “He’s been really good this time in, he keeps improving and I couldn’t ask for more.


“He’s an imposing animal, a very nice horse and the Snitzels’ they keep improving so I hope he keeps going.”


Junglized ($7) was ridden by Widdup’s brother-in-law Christian Reith and defeated Peter and Paul Snowden’s Star Galaxy ($4.40) by 1-1/4 lengths with the same margin back to the Kris Lees-trained Power Command ($9) in third. The $2.80 favourite Revenire finished fourth.


Junglized was a $400,000 yearling purchase at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale last year and eligible for the rich $10 million Magic Millions Raceday in January but his trainer isn’t getting ahead of himself.

“He’s a Magic Millions horse and there’s a couple of races there we’ve looked at but we’ll just see what happens,” he said.