WIDGEE OFF TO ADE­LAIDE AVOID GROUP 1

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOO­GOOD

THE strength of en­tries for the Group 1 Mem­sie Stakes at Caulfield has trainer Pa­trick Payne look­ing else­where with the con­sis­tent Widgee Turf.

The five-year-old will now head to Ade­laide to con­test the Listed $100,000 WFA Penny Edi­tion Stakes (1400m) at Mor­phettville.

Widgee Turf stepped up to weight-for-age com­pany in the Group 2 P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Satur­day week and ac­quit­ted him­self well, fin­ish­ing strongly for a close third to Show­time and Hart­nell.

“The Mem­sie field has the likes of Vega Magic, Happy Clap­per and Ke­men­tari so the Penny Edi­tion looks a bet­ter op­tion,” Payne said.

“It just looks a more achiev­able event.

“He tries re­ally hard and I don’t want to dis­hearten him against horses that are too good for him at level weights.

“He (jockey Billy Egan) rode him re­ally well (in the Lawrence) and the horse ran as good as what he can. But the oth­ers will start im­prov­ing a bit more from now on­wards.

“We’d re­visit a bet­ter race at hand­i­caps on soft ground. That would be his op­por­tu­nity to try to win one of those bet­ter races, I would have thought.”

Payne has booked lo­cal jockey Todd Pan­nell to ride Widgee Turf to­mor­row.

“There looks like a bit of rain over in Ade­laide and the race more suit­able for him,” Payne said.

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