Trainer Brad Widdup says he’s done his best to ensure promising mare Adelong is ready for her return at Canterbury today despite a less-than-textbook preparation.
Like many trainers, Widdup has had to make changes to his horses’ path to the races due to the coronavirus restrictions, and Adelong has not been immune to the upheaval. But he believes that, despite drawing wide, the TAB Handicap (1100m) is a suitable race for the four-year-old’s first-up assignment and, while he’s had to do some improvising, fitness won’t be an excuse.
“Ideally I would have liked to get another trial with her but with everything going on we’re restricted to only trialling her at Hawkesbury so I’ve tried to get her as fit as I can,’’ he said. “You’ve got to be a bit adaptive. We are very lucky to be racing so you’ve just got to do your best.”
Adelong took big steps in her initial preparation through the summer, winning her first three starts before underlining her ability in a brave defeat to Lashes on January 4.