Hawkesbury preview: Outlook appears promising for filly

From an orphan foal to a possible Oaks contender – that is the unlikely journey for Outlook if she can race up to expectations at Hawkesbury on Sunday.

The Brad Widdup-trained Outlook goes to the races for just the second time in a Maiden Handicap (1500m).

There won’t be a better-bred racehorse at the meeting than the promising Outlook, a three-year-old filly by super sire Fastnet Rock out of the Galileo mare, Amazing Beauty, herself a stakes placegetter in Ireland when trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Amazing Beauty produced four foals at stud including Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas winner Mongolian Falcon.

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Sadly, the highly valuable broodmare died just a month after giving birth to Outlook in 2017. Widdup has been patient with Outlook, deciding not to race her as a two-year-old.

She made her debut last month and might have been a touch unlucky to run into a smart type, Whatsin, but her effort to close late and finish second at Hawkesbury over 1300m was ­encouraging.

“Outlook is a big filly and lacks a little race sense but the blinkers will help a lot. I worked her in blinkers and they switched her on,’’ Widdup said.

“This is more up her alley getting out to 1500m, too. I think she looks to be a filly who will run 2000m and further.

“If she runs well Sunday I will give her a quick freshen up and try to see if we can get her out to a trip in the autumn.’’

Widdup has also added blinkers to his other Hawkesbury runner, Soldier’s Desire for her Maiden Plate (1300m).

Soldier’s Desire is also lightly-raced, having had two starts including her third at Wyong over 1100m when resuming two weeks ago.

“She is very green,’’ Widdup said.

“We have been patient with her as she is a good, sized filly as well. Although she has taken time to mature she is definitely improving.’’

Widdup also revealed plans for stable stars Icebath and Switched next year.

Icebath, runner-up to Colette in the Golden Eagle, is back in light work while Switched is enjoying the sun on her back in the spelling paddock.

“I gave Icebath three full weeks in the paddock after the Golden Eagle,’’ Widdup said.

“She pulled up excellent after the Golden Eagle, I could have run her again. The Golden Eagle was a high quality race and she went really well so I think we can aim high with her.

“She has been placed in a few black type races now so we would love to try and win a stakes with her in the autumn.’’

Widdup will aim Icebath at the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens during the Golden Slipper Festival in March.

“If we get a bit of wet weather in the autumn that plays in her favour, too,’’ Widdup said.

Switched won successive city races to end her spring campaign giving Widdup reason to consider feature sprints for mares at the Hawkesbury and Scone stand-alone meetings later in the autumn.

“There is not a lot for her early in the carnival so I will probably just wait for the Hawkesbury and Scone,” he said.

“She doesn’t like the heat this time of the year, either.’’


“They have been primed and placed for this meeting — hopefully we can come away with two or three winners.’’

This is trainer Gary Moore’s confident prediction for stable success with Mr Colorful, Gallant Run and Morethannumberone at Hawkesbury on Sunday.

Moore rates all three as winning chances but is particularly bullish about Mr Colorful, a starter in the Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m).

Mr Colorful, who won his maiden at Hawkesbury back in July during a five-start debut race campaign, is resuming but indicated he will be very competitive after an excellent barrier trial effort when he split the handy Mission River and brilliant filly Away Game at Rosehill last Monday.

“I thought Mr Colorful trialled fantastic,’’ Moore said.

“There was some nice horses in the trial that he was able to keep pace with them. Kathy (O’Hara) said she never let him go and he still had plenty in hand. He looks in great shape and he knows his way around the track, too.’’

Gary Moore is aiming for two or three winners at Hawkesbury.Source:News Corp Australia

Gallant Run has been placed in five of his 10 starts but is set to finally breakthrough in the opener, a Maiden Handicap (1000m).

Moore said Gallant Run has trained on well since his first-up third to Reverse at Wyong two weeks ago.

“He was good first-up and has worked very well during the week,’’ the trainer said.

“He should be very hard to beat.’’

Moore said Morethannumberone, runner-up behind Sea Echo on this track last start, is also working up to a win in the Class 1 ­Handicap (1600m).

“All the form around him is very good,’’ Moore said. “

“I’ve been waiting for him to draw an outside gate as he doesn’t jump well then he gets cut off and he gets way back in the field.

“But he’s drawn seven of seven so we can ride him where he is comfortable. He’s rock-hard fit and this is a nice race for him.’’

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