Lee Freedman is confident the conditions of Monday’s Listed VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington will play to the strengths of latest stable acquisition Cool Chap.
Cool Chap began his racing career under the guidance of the recently-retired Peter Moody and has only made six competitive appearances to date, but has quickly stamped himself as a stayer to follow in posting two wins and three minors.
Cool Chap mustered an impressive late kick to win the Noel Rundle Handicap (2000m) by a length in his first start for Freedman and brother Anthony on March 26th, but was arguably most impressive when overcoming a luckless run for second in the Listed Galilee Series Final (2400m) last time out on April 9th.
Freedman told Racing Ahead the classy son of High Chaparral arrived at his Flemington base in excellent condition, and is confident his two performances for the stable suggest he will again be very hard to beat in the 2016 VRC St Leger on Monday.
“I really like this horse,” Freedman said.
“He hasn’t been with us all that long but I thought his win was good, probably had a lot of the favours in the race but it was a good, strong win.
“Probably the winner following him as the horse to beat in the mile and a half race at Sandown was a little strong for us in the finish, but I think our horse has come along in leaps and bounds since then.
“The winner’s not there and I think he’s got a great chance in the race.”
Cool Chap debuted to racing with a credible performance for fifth in the Simons Waterfront Handicap (1200m) at Warrnambool in May last year before immediately returning to the paddock.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return this time, Cool Chap announced himself to the racing community with a strong run for success in the Morning Car & Tyre Service Maiden (1200m) on January 29th.
Progressing to third in the Polytrack BM64 (1400m) at Sandown on February 17th, the gelding out of Cherishing finished second behind He’s Our Rokkii in the Browns Sawdust & Shavings BM70 (1600m) in his final start for Moody on March 2nd.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 VRC St Leger odds, for which Cool Chap can be taken at a generous quote of $4.50 for success.