Widden Stud’s Adam Henry reckons life couldn’t get much better than what it was on Saturday.
“When you have a dynamic roster like the one assembled at Widden, days like these are bound to happen and it’s pleasing when they do,” he said.
Seven of Widden’s stallions produced 12 winners on the Australian racing calendar on Saturday and then the following day Hong Kong based David Hayes produced what many believe is a champion in waiting when Nervous Witness cruised to an eye-catching win on debut.
Unraced in Australia as Bill’s Kick, the son of Star Witness exceeded all the pre-race hype that the four-year-old had generated since trialling at Sha Tin.
And the action was pretty good closer to home for Widden Stud’s Victorian stallion, the Melbourne Cup winning Fiorente which produced Don’t Doubt Dory to win at Moonee Valley over 1600m, while Melody Man made it back to back wins at Morphettville when the gelding won over1950m.
Nicconi, which will stand his first season at Widden in Victoria, had four winners on Saturday, including champion sprinter Nature Strip which returned with a slashing win in the Group 3 Concorde at Randwick to justify his favouritism for The Everest. Jerry also won at Randwick, while Aston scored at Morphettville.
And the late Sebring’s name continued to live on when Superstorm won the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
Henry said it was great to see Fiorente get the double.
Star Witness will join Nicconi on debut at Widden Victoria.
“The addition of the two proven Group 1 stallions to Victorian roster proves that we are fair dinkum about the Victorian industry,” Henry said.
New boys Russian Camelot and Doubtland are proving popular and both will serve more than 140 mares.
Henry said the bookings to the stud’s 12 stallions indicated that more than 1000 mares will be served before the end of the season.
He said the mix of stallions, some at the start of their careers and others as proven performers at different stages of their careers, allowed the stud to cater for all breeders who wanted juvenile runners, sprinters, milers and middle distance horses.
And Henry said a proven stallion like Magnus had 119 winners last season and had a huge result at Melbourne Premier where his yearlings averaged more than $160,000.
He said Don’t Doubt Dory’s trainer Julien Welsh and connections have black type aspirations for the five-year-old which has won six races from 13 starts.
“There are plenty of stakes races around the carnival for him,” Henry said.
“He has certainly got the ability to win a good race and he wouldn’t have been wound up for the first up assignment. There is definitely a good race in him.
“Jake Stephens in South Australia has always had an opinion of Melody Man which won by three lengths. He has definitely got stakes ability as well.”
Henry said Fiorente was coming off a good season when he had five stakes performers as three-year-olds from just 38 runners.
He said he had a strong book this season and is coming off his second biggest crop of 88 live foals off his highest service fee of $27,500 in 2019.
Widden also now offers pre-training and a breaking service under the guidance of respected horseman, Matt Upton.
“It’s a hive of activity with horses working and mares coming into be covered,” Henry said.
With the return of the breaking and pre-training, Henry said Widden had pretty much had everything covered from conception to the racetrack.
“It really is a one stop shop,” he laughed.
To view the Widden Victorian roster please click here.