Freedman tries for Stakes success

OTI Racing's Terry Henderson - Trish Dunell
OTI Racing's Terry Henderson

Trish Dunell

Saturday's attempt at black type from juvenile Kiwi-bred filly Gregorian Chant is hardly likely to define her racing career, but such success would be timely for her emerging trainer Mitchell Freedman.

The 29-year-old has only been training for a handful of seasons but is at the stage of his career where he would welcome his first Stakes success after 10 unsuccessful previous attempts.

Freedman these days is plying his trade from Ballarat, where he caught the eye of OTI supremo Terry Henderson. He decided to give the young trainer a horse - Gregorian Chant - who runs in Saturday's listed Taj Rossi Series Final over 1600 metres.

Freedman said that while the filly, who is by SA Derby runner-up Echoes Of Heaven, has not yet fully matured, the opportunity to gain black type as a two-year-old was too hard to resist, especially after winning her maiden so convincingly at Bendigo last month.

"She seems to have taken good improvement from Bendigo," Freedman said on Wednesday. "She's still pretty raw and not physically or mentally at her best yet but she's got a good constitution - she's handling her work really well - so we thought we'd try our chances over a mile.

"I think she's a staying type of horse myself. I think she is going to be better when she stretches out over further.

"It's hard to line her up because she's got a lot to learn but she's certainly going there in good shape."

Henderson was a little more upbeat about the filly's chances.

"She's a big Kiwi filly and Mitch has done a terrific job," he said.

"He's had her for six months now and he's brought her along slowly. She won very well at Bendigo and I think she'll give it a shake." -racing.com


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