The emerging Sydney stable of Richard and Michael Freedman head to Randwick on Saturday with two genuine winning chances.
The Freedman brothers training operation will put the polish on classy three-year-old Prime Star in the Quincy Seltzer Benchmark 88 Handicap (1200m) while Cinquedea runs in the Shoot Out Benchmark 88 Handicap (1600m).
The brothers have charged out of the blocks this season with the fledgling operation producing 12 winners at almost 20 percent including the recent Wyong Cup victory by Paths Of Glory which will be scratched from the Kingston Town Stakes on Saturday to run in the Newcastle Cup on Friday.
Prime Star, the winner of the $2 million Inglis Millennium earlier this year confirmed he’s not just a wet tracker when bouncing back hard last start, defeating the older horses in an 1100m benchmark 78 handicap at Rosehill on August 29.
“It was totally out of character what he did first-up and it left me scratching my head because he’d been going so well,” Michael Freedman said.
Michael Freedman. Picture: Colleen Petch.Source:News Corp Australia
“He turned it all around in the benchmark 78 and seems to have trained on really well.
“He’s a pretty straight forward character and we’ll learn more about him on Saturday.
“A form guy whose opinion I value told me the ratings he returned winning the other day has him not that far off the better three-year-olds.
“Looking forward to seeing how he goes on Saturday and all the signs are is he’ll run well.”
Jean Van Overmeire stays aboard Prime Star after winning on the gelding last start despite not being able to utilise his 1.5kg claim.
He will make use of his weight advantage when legged aboard Cinquedea which will carry 56kg after the apprentice’s allowance.
Cinquedea returned one of the real eye-catching performances of Chelmsford Stakes day at Randwick last start when storming home late in an on speed dominated race.
Richard Freedman. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“His last 600m time was similar to Nature Strip and he was quicker than Avilius,” Richard Freedman said.
“He doesn’t like soft tracks, he likes it firm and the firmer it is the better he goes.
“He’s drawn well, he’s trained on and I think he’s a good chance on Saturday.”
Cinquedea has been well supported early firming in from $17 on Wednesday to be a $9.50 chance at TAB.com.au while Prime Star is at $5.50.
Saturday shapes as a fork in the road for both horses with Michael Freedman suggesting Brian Crowley Stakes (1400m) and the Bondi (1600m) could be lucrative upcoming targets for Prime Star if the horse can stretch beyond 1200m.
Richard Freedman indicated a race like the Villiers Stakes in December could suit Cinquedea.
Originally published asFreedman Brothers chasing Randwick double with Prime Star and Cinquedea
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