Freedman has strong hand in Fillies' Classic
Lee Freedman has a strong hand in Saturday’s Fillies Classic at Moonee Valley and feels the more brilliant Romneya has the edge over stablemate Estee over the 1500-metre trip.
Romneya ran fourth to Gallica in the Group One Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield last spring and Freedman was delighted with her first-up victory in the Group Three The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington late last month.
"It will take a good one to beat her at the level weights and around the Valley," Freedman said.
"She ran a really great race there first-up last time in (when just beaten by Taameer in the Listed Arrow Plate).
"She’ll put herself in the race and she kicks strongly."
Romneya, who has won four and finished runner-up in four of her 10 starts, will again be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy who described the Red Ransom-Mannington filly as "only a little polo pony" after she gamely won The Vanity.
Dwayne Dunn will again ride Estee who pleased Freedman with her first-up fifth in The Vanity, beaten two lengths.
"I’m really thrilled with her this time in. I think this might be her prep," Freedman said.
"She ran a terrific race in The Vanity. She was going to run third and just peaked on her run behind Romneya and the further we go, as she comes out in distance, she’ll come into her own.
"I’m very happy with her and I’m concentrating on races such as the Australasian Oaks with her."
Freedman is chasing his fourth win in the Group Two race which before 2005 was known as the Moonee Valley Oaks and run over 2040m.
Freedman won it in its inaugural year with Just A Runner (1996), Kensington Palace, who dead-heated with Champagne in 1998, Ribe (2003) and Special Harmony (2004).
By Mark Ryan