Minnesinger Considered for 2015 Australian Guineas

Co-trainer Anthony Freedman has confirmed impressive Sandown winner from Wednesday Minnesinger is being considered for an Australian Guineas 2015 campaign this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Shooting To Win

Shooting To Win (pictured) is the early 2015 Australian Guineas favourite – a race also being considered for Minnesinger. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A nicely-bred Lonhro colt, Minnesinger has had four starts four two wins now following a most exciting victory in the $35,000 Betty McDowell Elsternwick Handicap (1600m) at Sandown-Lakeside yesterday.

While the class of his competitors wasn’t all that imposing, the way in which Minnesinger won as the $4.20 favourite certainly caught the attention of plenty including Freedman who is back training with his brother Lee.

“He’s very, very raw and unexposed to racing but has made rapid improvement this time in,” he told Sky Sports Radio’s Racing HQ program on Thursday morning.

“It wasn’t much of a race yesterday but the way he won impressed most people and it most certainly impressed me.

“He had a good sprint to him at the finish.”

After breaking his maiden status with a 1462m win at Kilmore on January 4, Minnesinger jumped the $4.20 favourite at the mid-week meet with jockey Dwayne Dunn taking over for Daniel Moor who had ridden the up-and-comer for his three previous starts.

On the line the winner held a one and three-quarter length margin over Greg Eurell’s Free On Saturday ($6.50) with the Darren Weir-trained Purreal ($4.60) finishing off the trifecta.

While nothing is set in stone, Freedman confirmed that the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on March 7 was certainly an option for Minnesinger.

“I may formulate a plan that may lead us that way, yes,” he said of an Australian Guineas target.

A horse whose breeding means he requires little work between runs, Freedman said that should the Godolphin-owned three-year-old target the Australian Guineas he would be given a very light February between his latest win and the Group 1.

“He’s a horse that’s typical of a lot of Lonhros in that he won’t take a lot of punishment in terms of work and racing,” he said.

“What we’ll probably do is say ‘yes’ it (the Australian Guineas) might still be a goal.

“I think it suits that horse.

“If we treat it that way and not try to win every battle in between I think he may be a chance to get it.”

Freedman added that all final decisions on an Australian Guineas bid for the horse however would be left up to Godolphin’s Managing Director Henry Plumptre and connections.

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