QUICK TURNAROUND NO ISSUE FOR WIDDUP

New South Wales trainer Brad Widdup only received his new stable star on Monday and is already looking for big race success when ex-queenslander Keefy heads toward the $1m Bondi Stakes at Randwick on Saturday

Keefy set for $1m Bondi Stakes

Keefy, a son of All Too Hard has been transferred from the David Vandyke stable in Queensland to Widdup’s Hawkesbury stable and will be one of 10 three year olds to line up in the $1m Bondi Stakes on Saturday.

“With the travel restrictions, David couldn’t send anyone down so he was more comfortable just transferring it to me,” Widdup said.

“I obviously train horses for B K Racing as well and was more than happy for it to stay in his name but we ended up changing it.

“He will more than likely go back to David eventually but hopefully we can get a win with him first.”

Keefy lands in Hawkesbury with a decent record having won 2 and placed 3 times from seven starts including a second in the Garden City Guineas at Toowoomba when he went down late to a fast finishing Bulloo.

He was also second last time out when giving another bold, front running performance at the  Sunshine Coast for Vandyke.

“He is a lovely horse and I certainly don‘t think he is out of his depth or anything like that,” Widdup said.

“He has been in good form and ran over 1800(m) last start so he is super fit and has travelled down well.

“I can’t really take any claim for that.”

Jay Ford has been booked to ride Keefy on Saturday and Widdup is confident his latest stable addition could be in the mix come the end. 

“I think with the draw he should be able to find a spot in the first four or five,” Widdup said.

“He has been leading his past couple but he might be able to drop in behind and we know he definitely runs the trip.”

Keefy has received some support in early Bondi Stakes betting, shortening from $26 into $23 with TAB.

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