While trainer Brad Widdup has Group 1 glory on his mind for star mare Icebath the Golden Eagle runner-up is also set to be considered for another lucrative feature target in Melbourne in the New Year.
Icebath was beaten by a nose in Rosehill’s $7.5 million four-year-old event at her last start and Widdup has now nominated Icebath for the $5 million All-Star Mile at the Valley.
The classy daughter of Sacred Falls no doubt has Group 1 potential and Widdup plans to keep his options open when she returns in the autumn with Australia’s richest mile among the races under consideration.
“It is a big money race so we have to keep our options open,” Widdup said.
“I am meeting with the owners next week to map out our plans but we want to get some black type and she will be on a Coolmore path but you have to keep your options open for sure.
Trainer Brad Widdup trains Icebath. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullarSource:AAP
“She only had about three weeks out in the paddock but put on 27kgs and we are really happy with her.
Icebath has returned to work at Widdup’s Hawkesbury base and has been in the stable for a number of weeks already.
The mare already has some black type with a placing in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas but Widdup is determined to see her add more to her resume in the autumn.
The Group 1 Coolmore Classic on March 13 will be her main aim with Widdup confident his four-year-old is capable of competing at the top level.
She has already banked a whopping $1.7 million in prizemoney courtesy of her runner-up finish to Colette on a heavy track at Rosehill in the Golden Eagle.
While Icebath is currently not listed in All-Star Mile betting she is a $26 chance in Doncaster Mile betting with TAB.com.au
Originally published asGolden Eagle runner-up back and impressing
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