Freed­man cleans up at the Echuca races

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT -

THE An­thony Freed­man sta­ble at Flem­ing­ton sent two horses to Echuca on Fri­day, started them in the races with the two big­gest purses and scooped the pool.

It be­gan in the se­cond of the day, with Ban­ter in the $22,000 Bor­der Inn Plate over 1100m for three-year-old maid­ens, and was im­me­di­ately fol­lowed up by Mr So And So in the $22,000 Echuca Newsagency Plate over 1400m.

And jockey Daniel Moor was in the sad­dle for both vic­to­ries, with a text­book win from the front on Ban­ter and then over­com­ing a mid-race set­back to seize the lead in the home straight and never let it go.

The Freed­man sta­ble’s Brad Tay­lor said Ban­ter had showed sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment since be­ing gelded.

Tay­lor said the horse was a heavy and feisty colt that had bucked at his pre­vi­ous two starts but since com­ing back had won a jump out at Flem­ing­ton and ap­peared a much more fo­cused horse.

‘‘He was im­pres­sive in win­ning that trial be­fore this start at Echuca,” Tay­lor said.

“Ban­ter has nat­u­ral early speed and rolled to the front on that oc­ca­sion and was too good for them and with his nice bar­rier to­day did the same thing again,” he said.

“Daniel didn’t have to hunt him along, he used his gate speed and early speed to get across and then he was rid­den a per­fect ride from the front.

“He’s got a high cruis­ing speed, was prob­a­bly just com­ing to the end of it in that last lit­tle bit, so we will have to wait and see in the fu­ture if he gets much fur­ther than this.

“But he has a good group of own­ers who will be very happy with this.”

Ban­ter jumped well, moved across to take up the run­ning and was never headed al­though the heav­ily-backed Prezado, first up af­ter its own spell, was ab­so­lutely fly­ing over the last 150m and he got within reach be­fore the fin­ish line came up.

His last race had been as a two-yearold fin­ish­ing fourth at Flem­ing­ton in June.

Ban­ter started at 13/2 and paid $6.80 and Moor said it had been a pretty easy run.

“He tried to be a bit tricky early in his ca­reer but he’s al­ways shown us a bit, showed good abil­ity and ob­vi­ously just needed to fo­cus, which he did to­day,” Moor added,

“The plan was not to drive him, we didn’t want him to buck, so we agreed to let him go a bit al­though he bot­tomed out about 100 out,” he said.

“But this is early this time in and he will im­prove on this run.”

In the Echuca Newsagency Plate Mr So and So, which has al­ways been well re­spected in the mar­ket in his three pre­vi­ous starts was sent out clear favourite at 9/4 and paid $2.20.

Tay­lor said the race had been a lovely event for him as he stepped up to 1400m for the first time.

He said the sta­ble ex­pected him to get a nice run from an in­side bar­rier af­ter a good se­cond from his first start this time in.

“He can be a lit­tle slow away from the bar­rier but he jumped OK, stayed a lit­tle wide down the back straight in a slower race.”

When the field came off the turn home Mr So and So went up to them very quickly as they straight­ened be­fore run­ning a lit­tle ragged, want­ing to hang out.

But he stuck to his task and there was clear air be­tween him and se­cond place.

The son of So You Think out of a Dane­hill mare, Tay­lor thought he might have over-raced through the mid­dle sec­tion of the run.

But Moor, happy with his win­ning dou­ble, did have an ex­cuse for the horse.

“He wasn’t pulling, he had copped a big clod down the back and af­ter that he threw the toys out of the cot and said he wanted to race with his head up a bit,” Moor ex­plained.

“He even­tu­ally got it down again and was pretty steady, let­ting us go wide on the turn and then he was strong to the line,” he said.

“It wasn’t as straight­for­ward at Ban­ter, but this fel­low’s al­ways been a bit quirky and he is pretty green.

“But he’s not ag­gres­sive and on this run, and on his breed­ing, he’ll def­i­nitely get fur­ther, out to 2000m as he al­ways set­tles well, so long as he doesn’t cop a clod, but it might be next prep though be­fore he gets stretched out.

“I’ll say this though, if he comes back with an even bet­ter at­ti­tude next time round I am pretty sure he will be city grade.” ■ Club hon­ours stal­wart, page 23.

Racing Pho­tos

The An­thony Freed­man trained Mr So And So (above left and right) storms to vic­tory in the $22,000 Echuca Newsagency Plate and Ban­ter (be­low) in its dash­ing win from the front in the $22,000 Bor­der Inn Plate. Photo:


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