Trainer Michael Freedman speaks with jockey Tommy Berry at Kembla Grange after they had a victory on August 6. Picture: Adam McLean

La Tigresa top pick for Freedman brothers at Newcastle

August 21 2020

The Freedman brothers have accepted with eight from their stable for Saturday’s extended nine-race program at Newcastle and Richard left no doubt as to which was their best chance.

“La Tigresa will run in the 1400-metre maiden handicap and she is clearly the best of our team at Newcastle,” said Richard, who trains in partnership with Michael.

“Her first-up performance in a very strong maiden at Newcastle two weeks ago was outstanding.

“The mare got back in the field and after being eight lengths off the lead at the 700, La Tigresa unwound down the straight to get within three-quarters of a length of the winner.

“She has trained on well and we have taken the blinkers off her. She has drawn well and has performed well in stronger races.

“I have a high opinion of our colt Exhibition in the second last race, the 1400m benchmark 64 handicap. He is a last-start Randwick winner in June, and he has had a couple of quiet trials since.

“We have been tossing up whether to run Exhibition from the wide barrier, but if he does run, he will be hard to beat with a little luck.

“I give Express Princess a chance with the claim in the 1400m handicap.”

Newcastle trainer Paul Perry has a couple of promising young stayers in his stable and one of them, Olympic Gaze, will contest the 1885m maiden plate. This is the three-year-old’s fourth start and he put the writing on the wall with a fast-finishing second over 1600m at Gosford on August 11.

Country apprentice Tyler Schiller, on loan to Mark Newnham, will claim three kilograms and Olympic Gaze will carry the seemingly luxurious weight of 52.5kg.

Champion trainer Chris Waller will send six to Newcastle. Canadian Spice, Seleque, You Too and Mo’Unga will all be well-fancied.

Canadian Spice, a three-year-old filly, was placed in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick in December and was never on the track when a close fourth at Newcastle on August 8. She runs in a 1250m maiden on Saturday.

Seleque is on debut after a nice trial at Warwick Farm and she has the rails barrier in the 1250m maiden handicap.

You Too is a runner in the 1400m benchmark 64 handicap on Saturday and she is ready after two recent starts. Last prep she won a Hawkesbury maiden and was a close third on the Kensington track.

Mo’Unga is a Kiwi-bred colt which won his only start on the Gold Coast in June. He has accepted for the 1400m benchmark 64 handicap.

Kris Lees has only three starters at Newcastle and all should run well. They are Shootingforthesatar (Race 1), Wild Sheila (race 2) and Hard Lady (race 7).

Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan and his foreman Sterling Alexiou are the latest to form a training partnership and the latter could be off to a flying start when Zell contests the 1250m benchmark 68 handicap. The son of champion sire I Am Invincible has been runner-up in both starts this prep, at Newcastle and Kembla. He is an on-pacer and is fitter now.

– Gary Harley, Newcastle Herald