Freed­man feast

Five big chances in fea­ture races

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 2 - By SHAYNE O’CASS

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

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