Possible Memsie Stakes 2015 Return for Disposition

Despite being a nominee for Saturday’s Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington Racecourse, the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Disposition is more likely to be saved for a 2015 Memsie Stakes Day return at the end of the month.

Lee Freedman (left)

Lee Freedman (left) is looking at a 2015 Memsie Stakes run first-up for the former WA-trained Disposition. Photo: Taron Clarke.

Speaking to Racing Ahead on RSN, co-trainer Lee Freedman confirmed the four-year-old son of Reset was an unlikely acceptor for the $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) this weekend.

“He won’t run Saturday, instead I’m going to gallop him tomorrow and probably head to a set of trials within the next week or 10 days,” Freedman confirmed.

The former Perth galloper boasts an outstanding record of four wins and three thirds from eight runs to date.

During a super-consistent summer – autumn campaign in WA and then Melbourne the gelding finished second three times on the trot including behind Chris Waller’s Sydney raider Moriarty in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in December.

He then ran at Flemington on February for his first interstate mission and caught the eye when Craig Williams rode him to a close second behind Group 1 Australian Guineas winner Wandjina in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) when beaten only a long neck.

Anything that could go wrong for the then Wez Hunter-trained galloper in Melbourne did, and Freedman said he felt for the horse’s connections in the luckless Australian Guineas run.

“Unfortunately for Wez it did go wrong and looking at the result of the Australian Guineas, had he held his form he would have been a big force in it,” he said.

His latest run was on April 4 at Caulfield when fourth crossing one and a half lengths off the winner Watermans Bay in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) with his former Perth-based hoop William Pike in the saddle before his transfer to Team Freedman.

“We’re very pleased with him,” Freedman said.

“He’s a typical reset can be a little highly strung but nothing to worry about too much.”

The Freedmans threw in an Aurie’s Star Handicap nomination for Disposition but are more likely to kick off his Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign at Caulfield Racecourse on August 29.

The options are either the opening elite level of the season with a $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) run under weight-for-age conditions or a handicap event at the meeting over the same distance.

“Thoughts at the moment are that he can run first-up at the end of August in either the Peter Lawrence (the Memsie Stakes) or the 1400m handicap that day,” Freedman said.

Other 2015 Memsie Stakes hopefuls this season include New Zealand-trained Australian Derby minor placegetter Volkstok’n’barrell, the fellow Donna Logan-trained Rising Romance who was runner-up in last year’s Caulfield Cup, Darren Weir’s Toorak Handicap champ Trust In A Gust, Caulfield Guineas second placed Written Tycoon colt Rich Enuff, first-up Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes winner Smokin’ Joey and Tony McEvoy’s improver Alpine Eagle last seen running second in the Australian Guineas.

Asked how he thought Disposition would measure up in the spring, Freedman said it was hard to rate the three-year-old form but that “time will tell.”

“I’m always wary of them coming off three-year-old form,” he said.

“But I think the horse that beat him leading up to the Guineas is a pretty smart horse (Moriarty).

“He was more than competitive in Perth against the older horses as a December three-year-old.

“He should measure up to some sort of decent form for sure.”

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