Freedman to test Sydney waters
Canterbury’s Christmas Eve meeting will be the venue for Anthony Freedman’s first Sydney runners as a trainer in his own right.
Freedman will saddle up two starters on Saturday’s program, progressive three-year-old Alarms for Sheikh Mohammed in the Schweppes Handicap (1250m) and former Tasmanian Seeking Chi in the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1900m).
Freedman has only been at the helm since the start of the season when his brother, Hall Of Fame trainer Lee, stepped down as head trainer.
He looks to have carefully selected his first Sydney runners with both Alarms and Seeking Chi on-pace horses who should be suited by the tight Canterbury circuit.
Leading jockey Hugh Bowman takes the ride on Alarms, a son of Lonhro who has won his past three starts on the Victorian provincial circuit.
He broke his maiden at Mornington in October and was given a let-up before returning with consecutive victories at Kyneton.
Apprentice Sam Clipperton has picked up the mount on Seeking Chi who will be having just her fifth start for Freedman having formerly been prepared by top Tasmanian trainer Charlie Goggin.
The four-year-old was a last-start second over 2040m at Moonee Valley on December 9 and is proven in all types of ground.
She was a $13 chance with TAB Sportsbet on Friday while Alarms was second pick for his assignment at $4.60 behind another Sheikh Mohammed-owned galloper in the Peter Snowden-trained Whitlam ($4.20 fav).