It’s sink or swim

Freed­man backs Gre­viste to an­swer Reef chal­lenge

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICK­SON

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.

Pic Rac­ing Pho­tos

Trainer Mitchell Freed­man is con­fi­dent Gre­viste (front) will take the jump in class and dis­tance of the VOBIS Gold Reef in his stride

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