“That is what we have been working towards,” Widdup said. “Every run she has been a little bit better, but I knew she had that in her.
“I had her in the stakes race last week because I thought it was the best she has been and you saw that there.
“She can have a break and I think she will come back and very competitive in those good mares’ races.”
James McDonald sat Adelong outside the speed as has become customary, and when he asked her to accelerate at the 300m she left her rivals in a stride. She opened up and had 2-1/4 lengths to spare from Inanup and Superium.
It was a preview for what the crowds will see in the spring.
“I think in those races with a bit more pressure she is going to be even better because she will be able to handle it and sprint,” Widdup said. “It has take a while but she is there now.”
The win made it a hat-trick for Adelong, and for McDonald it was three wins for the afternoon. He won the opener on Lady Banff before lifting Word For Word to victory, a win for which he was $1500 lighter in the pocket after breaking the whip rules by five strikes before 100m mark.
But Adelong left him impressed.
“I learn a little bit more about her every time I ride her but that was her best win,” McDonald said.
“She has always had that acceleration but today it was instant.
“She is just getting better and she is going to be up to good races now.”
McDonald went to 96-1/2 wins for the season and supplied the first leg of premier trainer Chris Waller’s winning treble for the day on Word For Word.
Waller continued his stranglehold on staying races as supreme wet-tracker Wu Gok fought back to win the Winter Cup, leading home another stable trifecta completed by Carzoff and Yulong Prince.
It was a well judged ride from Adam Hyeronimus, who was able to run the race to suit himself on Wu Gok, who blew out from $2.80 to start at $3.80. He admitted it helped when Sweet Thomas gave him some company at the mile mark.
“When he came to my outside it actually helped me because it got him travelling stronger on the bridle,” Hyeronimus said. “I was still going the tempo I wanted but travelling better.
“He was tough and really dug in and he likes that sort of ground.”
It was Wu Gok’s fourth Cup this season to go with the Premier’s Cup, Wyong Cup and Lord Mayors Cup from last start and his eighth win on a heavy track.
Andrew Adkins, meanwhile, proved the punters’ slayer as he rode a winning double that returned $1041.51 on the tote with outsiders Attention Run and Monegal, the latter becoming Kembla Grange trainer Theresa Bateup’s first Sydney Saturday winner.
The day had started perfectly for punters and Matt Dunn as the well supported Lady Banff, which is trained out of Rosehill, took the two-year-old race before Ready To Humble, who had travelled from his Murwillumbah base, was too strong in the Highway Handicap.
“We have had an unlucky week, running a few placings, so it was good to turn it around,” Dunn’s wife Keira said.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald