Trainer Brad Widdup has ruled out backing up Doncaster Mile runner-up Icebath in next week’s Coolmore Legacy Stakes but says the Queensland Winter Carnival remains on the mare’s radar.
In pre-acceptance markets Icebath is a $9 third elect for next Saturday’s $1 million mile for fillies and mares on Day 2 of The Championships at Randwick.
But Widdup has no plans to saddle up his daughter of Sacred Falls seven days after she almost provided the trainer his maiden Group 1 in the Doncaster.
“I wouldn’t back her up,” Widdup said.
“We will have a look at Queensland or just start again with her.
Trainer Brad Widdup. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“There is the Stradbroke and the Tatts Tiara or you go to a Doomben Cup.
“Ideally I would like to test her over 2000m at some stage but then there is freshening her up and sending her to a Stradbroke.”
Icebath is rated a $15 chance in the Stradbroke Handicap with TAB.com.au with the Group 1 feature taking place at Eagle Farm on June 12.
Widdup is keen to capture a big race with his talented four-year-old which also finished narrow runner-up to Godolphin mare Colette in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill last spring.
Cascadian has grabbed it in the shadow of the post! A gun ride from @jamieleekah07 for @godolphin to win the 2021 G1 Doncaster Mile. pic.twitter.com/uXgl3jH5or
It was another Godolphin runner that again got the better of Icebath in her narrow Doncaster Mile defeat.
After she only made Saturday’s $3 million field as a late emergency, Icebath had hit the front up the inside under the urgings of Jay Ford before being gunned down late by the Jamie Kah-ridden Cascadian.
“She ran fantastic,” Widdup said.
“Jay just said the last 25m or so she just peaked a little bit.
“We didn’t get the surface that we were hoping for but she has ran great, no excuses.
“You are in these races, you are always waiting for something to run you down and fair play to them they’ve brought the right horses to the race.
“I would have loved to be coming down the centre of the track where she (Jamie Kah) was. It’s got the right run and won but Jay has still given our girl a great ride.”
Icebath has now banked $2.3 million in prizemoney for connections.
Originally published asWiddup’s winter plans for Doncaster runner-up
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