Ice Pool Trainer Brad Widdup Watching Magic Millions With Fire Lane

While his first Group 1 winner Icebath enjoys a well-deserved time in the paddock, trainer Brad Widdup weighs in this Saturday on his last big money attack with Fire Lane eligibility for Magic Millions.

Widdup has nominated the unraced two-year-old for the $150,000 Max Lees Classic (900m) in Newcastle.

It comes as the Hawkesbury trainer enjoys arguably the most important spring of his career to date thanks to the success of his stable standard-bearer Icebath.

Icebath finally put her name to the fore in Group 1’s Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington last month, giving Widdup his first Group 1.

“It’s what we’re all about (winning big races) and racing in the Sydney metropolitan area, it’s important to win those kinds of races,” Widdup said.

“She had bright eyes and a fluffy tail when she came back, she’s so tough.

“I could have led her one more time, but we finally have that big win on the board and she deserves the break.

“We probably have six or seven runs left in her and will probably make the Doncaster and Queen Of The Turf two main targets here in the fall.

“I would also like to participate in those races in Queensland with her.”

While eagerly awaiting Icebath’s return, Widdup will begin unleashing his next generation of potential stars in the coming months.

Fire Lane was bought for $330,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale last year, making her eligible to compete in the $2 million 2YO Classic in January if she can get in the field.

The Hellbent daughter has had one test in preparation for her debut and finished second in an 800m heat at Warwick Farm last Friday.

“She’s come through the process well, so we’re going to accept it and see how she’s doing,” Widdup said.

“It’s probably not an ideal situation because I’d give her another week to get her there, but she’s an uncomplicated filly.

“I don’t think she’s a pure runner, but she has a good head on her shoulders.

“Jay (Ford) recently said she was waiting for something to cross, so ideally she won’t lead at all costs.”

Fire Lane has a $13 chance with TAB for the Max Lees Classic.

Widdup also nominated Surreal Step for The Hunter, but the gelding has a good chance of getting into the field.

He also holds the promising Global Ausbred in the Alf Kneebone Trans-Tasman Trophy Benchmark 88 Handicap (1850m) while Shorts Shorts is nominated to back up in the Doubletree By Hilton Karaka F&M Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m).

“He’s a really nice horse and he’s going really well,” Widdup said.

“I have not yet decided whether we will support Short Shorts.”

Originally published as newly minted Group 1 trainer Brad Widdup watches Magic Millions with promising filly Fire Lane

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