Warwick Farm preview: Wet track has Brad Widdup keen on his Flyer

Night Flyer has never been a horse to underestimate and her rivals will know they’ll earn a win in the fourth at Warwick Farm on Wednesday if they are to beat her home.

Brad Widdup is keen to run her today at the western Sydney track over 1100m off one trial and a 13-week spell.

She’s won twice on the heavy and her only run here was a fifth placing but that was a forgive run.

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Trainer Brad Widdup feels Night Flyer will be hard to beat at Warwick Farm on Wednesday. Photo: Brendan Esposito/AAP ImageSource:AAP

“I think she does like a bit of cut in the ground. I know it’s a heavy track but she’s got barrier three. This race is better for her than Canterbury on Friday night,” Widdup said.

“The last time I ran her at Warwick Farm it was on a heavy track and they were all winning on the fence which was bizarre.”

Night Flyer is a four-year-old by All Too Hard who races in the Vinery Stud green and white silks and Tom Sherry’s claim means she gets into this with just 54.5kg.

He trialled her over 800m at Hawkesbury just before Christmas and from an inside gate she can settle just in behind the leading pack.

“She’s a very straightforward little thing and is only a small filly but she’s got a good record,” Widdup said.

“Tom was very happy with her after that trial and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, that young fella.

She ran less than a length and a half off Jay Jay D’ar in a higher rating race two runs back which is a good pointer for Wednesday’s event.

Night Flyer (right) finishing second to Jay Jay D’ar at Randwick. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“I’ve thrown her into races on a Saturday as well and she’s got a good little record. She ran terrific in town on a Saturday a few runs back and if she can bring that form to this race she’ll be hard to beat.”

Amore is having her first start for Widdup in the second race for three-year-old fillies over 1200m and she’s by wet track sire Savabeel.

She’s had four trials and a spell in between the second and third as Widdup takes his time with her.

But he’s waited long enough and has to get her to the track.

“I like her,” he said.

“It’s probably not ideal to kick them off on a heavy track but what do you do? You keep waiting and waiting. It’s rained a lot and races are getting called off so you’ve got to get runs under their belt.”

Cox Plate winner and Champion stallion Savabeel is the sire of Brad Widdup’s Amore.Source:News Corp Australia

She ran fourth of four in a Hawkesbury heat but gave them a good start and looked comfortable over the closing stages of the 800m trial.

Widdup will be looking for something similar on race day.

“I’m kicking her off on a heavy track and she’ll be ridden in the second half of the field so she can get home,” he said.

“She’s going to be better over further and you’d think she’ll handle the wet track. I don’t think she’s a sprinting filly but can get home.”

Punters will know on race morning if Vulpine is a confirmed started for the fifth race.

“We’ll wait until the morning and see how we go with scratchings,” Widdup said.

“I’ve got her in on Friday night as well but it will all depend on scratchings.”


Hawkesbury trainer Matthew Vella will try and win a Stakes race with Blaze A Trail this autumn but he needs to earn a spot in that grade first.

And it can start on Wednesday at Warwick Farm when the three-year-old contests the last race on the card.

He’s owned by Sir Owen Glenn who sent him to Vella on the recommendation of Peter Snowden who tried to get him a valuable win in Stakes grade as a two-year-old.

He fell short in the Golden Gift, Silver Slipper and Todman Stakes but put together two smart wins under Vella at the provincials last winter.

“He was piggish and Sir Owen didn’t want to geld him so he gave him to me. He likes the quiet life out here at Hawkesbury and he’s trained up very well,” Vella said.

“I was expected him to run well last time in when he ran into some smart horses like Sammy.

“I think he’s improved in his spell and is going better now than he was last time in.”

Trainer Matthew Vella has ambitions to get Blaze A Trail (left) to win a stakes race this season. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP

He’s had two trials ahead of Wednesday’s 1300m assignment where he’s drawn gate 11 with top rider Jason Collett on board.

He won his last trial at Randwick on a heavy track and if he can get a little taste of his father Criterion’s success the job will be done for Vella.

“I think he’ll get out to 2000m and if he does that he’ll be a handy enough horse,” Vella said.

“Criterion was a freak. Not many win Group 1s at three and six so he was just a very good horse.

“If I can get him to win a Stakes race he’s probably worth standing for Sir Owen. There’s no other Criterion’s and there’s really no Sebring line standing at stud so it would work well.

“He might even get to a Queensland Derby, but there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge.”

Vella said he needed the Warwick Farm track to get into the soft range.

“I want the track to upgrade with him being first-up. He might get through the wet,” he said.

Originally published asWarwick Farm preview: Widdup’s got his Flyer going again

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