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Trainer Brad Widdup knows there is no margin for error in Sydney racing. He only has to cite perennially unlucky stable star Icebath as evidence.

So, Widdup was content to “ride his luck” with a race-to-race stable double from Moon Reader and Surreal Step, albeit narrow winners, at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Surreal Step completed the stable brace when he scored by a slender short head in the Taylor Construction Handicap (1100m).

This win came just 35 minutes after Moon Reader won by a nose in the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (1200m).

“It’s good to have a good day and I hope they keep throwing the big prices up,’’ Widdup said.

Widdup’s winners were at generous odds – Surreal Step was sent out at $11 and Moon Reader a $18 chance.

Surreal Step had raced without luck at his first two starts for the Widdup stable which made the sprinter’s success even sweeter for the trainer.

“It was good to win with Surreal Step as after those two runs, he had put the writing on the board,” Widdup said.

“But I wasn’t confident. When they miss those couple of opportunities, it is hard to back it up again.

“He’s had his convictions but he did a good job. He had to dig deep today, and I was a bit worried about that, but he won.’’

Surreal Step, ridden by the in-form Chad Schofield, wore down gallant grey Much Much Better ($7) to win a thriller.

The luck went Surreal Step’s way this time but backers of hot favourite Andermatt ($2.05) were ruing theirs after his fast finishing third.

Andermatt drifted back from a wide barrier early then jockey Jason Collett elected to save ground and make his run through the field form the top of the straight.

However, Andermatt didn’t accelerate as quickly as Collett would have hoped then the sprinter had to baulked and eased off heels halfway down the straight.

Surreal Step continued a good run for trainer Brad Widdup. Picture: Mark Evans-Getty Images

This probably cost Andermatt victory as the Godolphin sprinter rallied late to be beaten less than a half-length on the line.

But Surreal Step deserved his win and continued the good run of success for the Widdup stable.

“The last few weeks I have bought really good Saturday runners to Hawkesbury and Scone (stand-alone meetings), horses who have run very good,’’ Widdup said.

“To back it up again and train the double, full credit to the (stable) staff.

“We have been slowly building a nice bunch of horses up for Saturday racing, which is what we want to be about.

“Sydney racing is very competitive, it is well run and we’re lucky to have a good stable and have Saturday winners.”

Widdup said Surreal Step’s ability to handle wet tracks means the sprinter can be placed to advantage in coming weeks and is targeting the Listed $150,000 Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100m) at Royal Randwick on June 11.

“We will go to the Bob Charley now so he will stay here in Sydney,’’ the Hawkesbury trainer added.

Widdup also revealed top class mare Icebath will race on next season and is soon to return to training to prepare for the spring carnival.

Icebath, a rising six-year-old mare, year has earned over $4.2 million prizemoney without winning a Group or Listed race.

She has won four of her 32 starts with her major success coming in the $2m The Invitation last spring.

But Icebath has been placed in numerous stakes races including Group 1 second placings in the Doncaster Mile and Cantala Stakes, Group 1 third placings in the Doncaster Mile and Queen of the Turf Stakes, and a narrow loss in the Golden Eagle.

“Icebath has been great but it would have been nice to get a couple of those wins,’’ Widdup said.

“It’s not over for her yet. She is back in now, just doing a bit of light work at the moment, but it comes around quick the carnival.’’