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Michael Freedman granted training licence in Hong Kong

Michael Freedman, the youngest brother of Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman, has been granted a training licence in Hong Kong.

Freedman, who currently trains a small group of horses in Sydney, will begin training in the new season of the Hong Kong racing year, which starts in September.

On Friday he advised owners of his new training venture. “Please be assured that my Randwick stable will continue as usual as we head towards the autumn carnival,” he told owners.

“My current stable and dedicated team of staff are my first priority, and over the coming weeks I’ll be discussing future plans for the transition of all horses in my care.”

Lee Freedman has returned to preparing racehorses with his younger brother Anthony at Flemington.


While finding the winner of the $750,000 Lightning Stakes looms as a testing assignment for punters, one sprinter stands out on facts and figures.

It’s often vital if you are going to have a significant investment on straight races at Flemington that your selection must have proved itself up the often tricky straight track.

However, one competitor Supido, will be in the group 1 sprint having had four starts up the Flemington straight for four comfortable victories.

The Mick Kent-trained sprinter has a remarkable record having won six races from just nine starts with two seconds and only one unplaced effort on his record.

At $7.50 he looks great value.


It would seem that the Darren Weir-prepared Cadillac Mountain represents great value at $16 following his excellent last start fourth behind Goodwill at Caulfield.

While it’s obvious that the $2 favourite for race No.7 at Flemington, Crocodile Rock, appears to have a mortgage on the race, Cadillac Mountain Looms as an each way threat.


High-class three-year-old Hey Doc who looked perfectly placed in the C S Hayes Stakes on Saturday looks set to continue his good form at 1400 metres.

Hey Doc has shown throughout his career that 1400m and beyond is his pet distance having won at Moonee Valley over 1500m and 1600m last spring.

The horse will be obviously tightened up by his third at Caulfield and from gate four he’s certain to get the run of the race.

While betting markets on two-year-old races are the most significant barometer in gauging a horse’s chances it would seem that Hey Doc’s younger brother, Time Awaits, has a significant army of supporters.

Time Awaits who has firmed from $9 into $6 has only had two race day appearances and that was for a win at Morphettville and a close second to the high-class Formality at Caulfield last start.

If Time Awaits and Hey Doc are successful it could be an early running double for the successful Tony McEvoy yard.


Class mare Ma Jones could get the all-conquering Darren Weir stable off to a good start in the opening race on Saturday.

Ma Jones, who performed brilliantly when last in work, struggled in her first two outings this time in. In her last start at Flemington all the vital signs were there but the mare was on the comeback trail.


Melbourne based jockey Ben Melham flies into Sydney on Saturday with a genuine chance of grabbing group 2 success in the Silver Slipper stakes at Rosehill on smart two-year-old She Will Reign.

Melham noted more for his riding talents in Victoria, has been lured to the Harbour city to ride the odds-on chance in a event worth more than $250,000.


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