WIDGEE OFF TO ADELAIDE AVOID GROUP 1
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.