Promising staying three year old Cool Chap will have no worries handling the distance when he lines up in the Group 1 $500,000 South Australian Derby over 2500m at Morphettville on Saturday.
Cool Chap is a winner of two of his last three starts, his latest being a two and a quarter lengths win in the Listed $200,000 VRC St Leger over 2800m at Flemington on April 25.
Co-trainer Lee Freedman has a high opinion of Cool Chap’s staying ability and expects the High Chaparral gelding to figure in the finish of the South Australian Derby.
“I think he’s a great chance if he draws well. He’s a genuine horse and he stays well,” Freedman told AAP.
Freedman and his brother Anthony took over the training of Cool Chap from Peter Moody when the premiership winning trainer dispersed his stable in March after being suspended for cobalt related charges.
Cool Chap has had three runs for the Freedman brothers and saluted first up for the stable with a win in a 2000m three year old Handicap at Caulfield on March 26 followed by a second to South Australian Derby rival Charlevoix in Listed $150,000 Ladbrokes Galilee Series Final (2400m) at Sandown on April 9.
No matter what Cool Chap does in the South Australian Derby, Freedman said that he would miss the Spring Carnival and give him plenty of time to mature following a tough Autumn Carnival preparation.
“He’s been a bit of a revelation. He’s a lovely horse, but we probably won’t push on for a big spring campaign,” Lee Freedman said.
“He’s a bit immature yet and I’m giving him a relatively big autumn, so we’ll probably be a bit light on him in the spring.”
Jockey Daniel Stackhouse has been aboard Cool Chap for his two wins for the Freedman stable and is looking forward to teaming up again with him in the South Australian Derby this weekend.
“You definitely know he’ll get the trip and he’s got the class to go against the good horses,” Stackhouse said.
“Group Ones are always the hardest one to get, so it would be a big privilege to win it.”
The Mick Kent trained Charlevoix heads the market order for the South Australian Derby at $4.20 with Cool Chap on the second line of betting at $6.50.
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