Five big chances in feature races
HALL of Fame trainer Lee Freedman is on the verge of a clean sweep at Monday’s Adelaide Cup program taking in the feature event which he first won with subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Subzero back in 1992.
Freedman runners hold the key to victory in all five of the stakes-races on the program beginning with the Pewsey Vale Stakes for the two-year-olds.
Darley Stud paid $1.4m at the 2007 Magic Millions to secure Snitzel’s fullsister which they named Viennese.
The filly won at Hillside on January 23 before chasing home the unbeaten Augusta Proud here on February 9.
Viennese is a very honest filly. She hasn’t run in a month but I like that. It will have nice and bouncy and fresh,’’ Freedman told
What we are trying to do with her is to win a black-type race. That’s the first job then we can go from there.’’
Rock Of Gibraltar filly Catalan Bay is ready to score the Schweppervescence Stakes (2000m) after closing fast in the G2 Angus Armanasco to finish within three lengths of Zarita.
Slade Bloodstock owned gelding Here De Angels looks certain to bring up win number eight in the CMA Recycling Stakes G3 run at 1100m.
Whilst Freedman was satisfied with the gelding’s run in the Oakleigh Plate, a trip across the border was preferred to a crack at today’sNewmarket Handicap.
Those Handicap races a just a bit beyond him and he’s a very good weight-for-age horse,’’ he said.
Here De Angels’s only visit to the track resulted in a brilliant win in the D.C McKay over this trip where he beat a big field in contrast to only four others that he’ll face on Monday after Undue’s late withdrawal to to injury.
Here De Angels should be able to dictate from barrier one,’’ says Freedman.
Meanwhile, last start Moonee Valley 2500m winner Cefalu won’t get a better opportunity to claim a major handicap in his adopted country beyond Monday’s $400,000 Adelaide Cup.
It’s a fairly even and open race as you’d expect from a 3200m race at Group Two level now. I’d compare it to a Saturday handicap and on that basis, Cefalu will be hard to beat dropping down in weight from 57kg to 53kg.’’
While the Chilean-import is one of 80 percent of the field making their longdistance debut, Freedman’s charge is up for the challenge.
I’ve always been looking forward to getting him to two miles. He just keeps going and going,’’ says the man with five Melbourne Cups under his belt.
The final leg of Freedman’s Morphettville quartet is Royal Asscher who’ll line in an intriguing SAJC Yallambee Classic G2 (1200m).
Royal Asscher is coming off a 2.2 lengths fourth behind Weekend Hussler in the Oakleigh Plate where the three-year-old had to contend with a wide barrier.
She had to make a long run from a long way out. Wewere probably dictated to a bit by the barrier and were a couple of horses further back then where we would have wanted to be. It was a great run and I think this will be a high rating Oakleigh Plate,’’ says Freedman.
The (inside) barrier on Monday is probably a bit of a concern but if she has even luck, on face value she will be hard to beat.’’
Royal Asscher will have stiff competition for the $200,000 purse in the shape of Mick Price’s progressive filly, Vivacious Spirit.
The daughter of Bel Esprit tackles this race after finishing a brave second to her more glamorous stablemate Light Fantastic in the G2 Perri Cutten Cup (1400m) at Caulfield.
Price won the Yallambee Stakes in 2006 with Magically who was having only her fifth start.
Viennese is set to earn black type in the Pewsey Vale Stakes at Morphettville