When it comes to bringing a promising mare through the grades trainer Brad Widdup has a strong track record and he is hoping the lightly-raced Calgary Queen can take another step forward at Kensington on Wednesday.
At this stage it’s unfair to say she’s following in the footsteps of stablemates Adelong and Icebath, who have graduated to stakes company and in the latter’s case a narrow group 1 defeat, but the four-year-old is showing Widdup signs that the best is still ahead.
Calgary Queen took her record to three wins from seven starts when she scored first-up on a heavy track at Kensington three weeks ago and will be fitter for what the Hawkesbury trainer concedes will be a tougher ask in the TAB Handicap (1300m).
“Her win was off one trial and a jumpout, I normally give them two trials, so she was definitely vulnerable,” he said.
“She probably got a track playing to her favour and a good ride from James (McDonald).
“She’s drawn well, it’s a good field but this time of year you’ve got to expect it. I’m not getting carried away but I’d be disappointed if she doesn’t run very well.
“She’s a Saturday (class) filly every day of the week.”
Jason Collett rides Calgary Queen this time around and she rises 2kg on her first-up win.
Widdup said the fact he threw the mare into the Hawkesbury Guineas earlier this year is a pointer to what he thinks of her ability and while she was unplaced in that group 3 race it wasn’t a failure.