By Ray Hickson
There’s sure to be plenty of eyes on emerging three-year-old Dissolution as he chases a feature race win at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The Group 3 $150,000 IGA Frank Packer Plate (2000m) has a reputation for producing horses that go on to better things and trainer Brad Widdup said there’s been interest in the future of Dissolution.
A win would likely encourage Widdup to set the gelding for the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) but it could also take the decision out of his hands.
“Going forward that’s where you’d be looking but there has been a few offers for him from Hong Kong as well,’’ Widdup said.
Dissolution has had three starts for Widdup, he was formerly with Team Hawkes, and as a gelding and his only defeat was a game second in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) two weeks ago.
Dissolution runs a close second in the Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick on April 7
Punters Intel revealed he ran the third fastest first 200m of the race in 13.64, and the fastest form the 1200m-1000m (11.86) to offset a wide barrier and was still fighting on at the finish.
“The good barrier is a big help. We had to use him up the other day and it was a pretty fair effort,’’ he said.
“The winner had the sitting shot on him. He only has to bring that sort of run and he will be competitive.’’
Dissolution, $7 with TAB, has had one attempt at 2000m and that was as a colt in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) back in the spring. He ran sixth behind Ace High.
“I think the gelding has been the big thing. He’s been tried at it and he still has to run it but to me I think he is right on song,’’ Widdup said.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with the form around Widdup’s filly Ridicule heading into the Group 3 $150,000 HKJC JHB Carr Stakes (1400m).
Ridicule, $15 with TAB, accounted for Dark Dream on a heavy track at Kembla Grange on March 24 and of course that horse was narrowly beaten in the South Pacific Classic at Randwick last Saturday.
“I think if you look at her form she hasn’t done much wrong in any of her runs,’’ he said.
“We’ve had this race in mind the whole way through.
“It's whatever gets the right run in these sorts of races, they are so competitive, but she is weighted well and it gives her a chance.’’
Meanwhile, Widdup will produce talented but enigmatic colt Chauffeur for the first time under his name in a barrier trial at Canterbury on Tuesday.