Freedman gelding to Ruff his rivals up at Randwick
Prominent Melbourne trainer Lee Freedman expects The Ruffian to take another step towards fulfilling his potential in Saturday’s Group III Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
The Ruffian ran the subsequent Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva to a head in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) in August, but struggled for consistency throughout the spring.
Freedman decided to geld to son of Lonhro to get the best out of him in the second half of his three-year-old season.
“He needed gelding,” Freedman said. “He was just simply a too immature horse to be successful as a colt.
The move has worked with The Ruffian turning in three professional performances in his autumn campaign. The gelding finished third at Moonee Valley and then second to the subsequent Group II Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) winner Blackie, before The Ruffian easily won the Albury Guineas on March 25.
“He won the time-honoured Albury Guineas,” Freedman said. “It was a good win, I know he didn’t beat a lot, but he carried a huge weight and he won very well.
“The horse has come on since then and I think he will run really well in the Carbine Club (Stakes).
“He worked a treat this way on Tuesday. He has transformed since he has been gelded.”
Freedman also prepared The Ruffian’s dam Rose Of Danehill. The daughter of Danehill finished second in the 1997 Group I Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) before she won the Group II Reisling Slipper Trial (1200m)
Rose Of Danehill was also good enough to win the Group II Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) before finishing second in the Group I Thousand Guineas (1600m) in the same year.