Hall of Fame horseman Lee Freedman is looking at a September run for the stable’s Spring Cups 2016 bound import Shimrano.
The German expat has had just the six runs to date for three wins and a second, and will be nominated for all the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors in his first Australian preparation.
Freedman, who trains in partnership with his brother Anthony, is the equal most successful Melbourne Cup trainer in the past 30 years preparing five winners of the ‘race that stops a nation’.
His latest was with Makybe Diva who he prepared for the final two of her record making three victories in 2004 and 2005.
The stable has a strong contingent targeting both the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15 and this year’s $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), the world’s richest handicap running as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 1.
Included in their Cup hopes for 2016 is Monsun stallion Shimrano who is a Group 2 winner and Group 1 performer overseas.
Freedman is hopeful the stayer is up to the class of a Melbourne Cup bid this prep, but is mindful he may need a season down under to mature before tacking the ‘race that stops a nation’ and that his last start 12th (of 13 runners) over 3000m in late April isn’t all that encouraging.
“He had a run in France in April over 3000m, which is fairly inauspicious,” Freedman told Racing Ahead on Friday morning.
“He’s been in work ever since he came out of quarantine.
“He looks quite fit because of that run in April. I would expect he’d be at the races sometime in early September.
“I like what I see of him. He’s quite a quirky horse, but definitely has the ability.
“He’s still quite immature even though he’s about to turn five.
“They’re quite a slow maturing breed, the Monsuns … I think whatever he does in his first campaign, he’ll improve on in the autumn.
“He’ll be entered for all those races [the Spring Cups], and see how we go.”
One of Team Freedman’s more established stayers is Our Ivanhowe, another German import who debuted in Australia in May last year.
He ran third to Mongolian Khan in last year’s Caulfield Cup before finishing under four lengths away 10th to Prince Of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup.
A Group 1 winner back in Germany, Our Ivanhowe finally broke his maiden status in Australia on May 21 in Brisbane winning the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
The Soldier Hollow stallion currently pays $26 in futures Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and is at a slightly shorter all-in quote of $21 to go two better than his third in the Caulfield Cup.
The stable is also set to target the Caulfield Cup qualifying $150,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on September 17 with Irish import Tom Melbourne.
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