It’s sink or swim
Freedman backs Greviste to answer Reef challenge
TRAINER Mitchell Freedman admits he’s throwing Greviste in the deep end at Caulfield tomorrow but he’s quietly confident the promising three-year-old will swim. Greviste, unbeaten in two runs this campaign, has looked a talent both his wins in March and faces both a class and distance test in the $250,000 Goldners Horse Transport VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m). “We have set him a bit of a task,” Freedman said.
“He steps up to the mile and goes up in class but he fits in well the ratings, apart from Sword Of Light, I think is a horse on way up and we will see where he stands.”
Following two luckless runs in June last year, Freedman thought he’d set Greviste for the spring but aborted those plans when he didn’t come up as well as expected.
Obviously the gelding just needed more time as since he’s returned he’s shown talent overcoming a slowly run race first-up at Ballarat then, thanks to a gun ride by Jarrod Fry, worked through the field from last score at midweek level at Sandown.
The vibe out of that win was that there was still improvement to come from Greviste.
“He’s always shown a bit of natural ability and we are slowly moulding him into the horse he is becoming,” Freedman said.
“I’m happy with the way he’s going.
“He’s shown good race sense in both his starts and a good will to win so hopefully he can transfer that to Caulfield.”
For the first time in his short career date Greviste, a $36,000 Melbourne Premier purchase, has drawn a favourable alley jumping from five in the Gold Reef.
Freedman said there might be another string to the horse’s bow if he’s able show a bit of tactical speed, given he won’t have to be dragged back to last, and while three and a half weeks between runs isn’t ideal he feels Greviste is looking for the trip.
“From outset we thought he might be a miler/2000m horse, he’s an athletic mover and switches off terrifically in a race,” he said.
“We won’t force him to be anywhere, with the bad barriers he’s floated back and finished off strongly.
“If he can hold a position midfield I’d be happy.”
Freedman, who has about 30 horses in work, was foreman for Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stable prior to branching out on his own almost four years ago.
Trainer Mitchell Freedman is confident Greviste (front) will take the jump in class and distance of the VOBIS Gold Reef in his stride