Musk Creek Farm and Freedman Racing continue to firm their relationship. The Flinders-based farm has invested in a further two horses with the Freedmans in the past two months. It comes despite the reported news that flagship horse Ain’tnodeeldun would miss the Autumn with a pelvic and hip injury.
Back in October, Freedman Racing, together with Blue Sky Bloodstock, purchased a yearling from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket. With the advice of Stephen Hillen – who bought Melbourne Cup winner Almandin – they identified a Lope de Vega colt out of the Galileo mare Shahad.
Freedman Racing’s racing manager Brad Taylor said the colt arrived in late November and is currently being broken in.
‘He was a lovely yearling, with a pedigree that will see him improve as a three-year-old and four-year-old. He has settled in and while his Winter coat’s coming through, he has coped with it well.
‘We will be patient as he is technically only one-and-a-half despite being registered as a two-year-old, but hopefully we will give him a chance to run towards the end of the year.’
More recently, the Freedman / Blue Sky alliance acquired a Lonhro colt out of Smart Missile mare Ain’t She Smart at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The dam is a half-sister to Ain’tnodeeldun.
Freedman Racing currently trains his half-sister Ain’tsheserious (by Capitalist), which influenced their decision to purchase the Lonhro colt.
‘He was a beautiful yearling and we have a nice opinion of [Ain’tsheserious]. But they are also from a family that we know really well and believe it will only get better over the next few years,’ Taylor said.
‘It was a very good purchase from a sale that was ridiculously strong.’
In other Freedman Racing-Musk Creek Farm news, Siren Rock has been put out to spell after running fifth at Flemington earlier this month.
‘He’s a lightly-framed horse,’ said Taylor, ‘and hopefully the time off will give him a chance to fill out, where he will come back a bigger and stronger boy.
‘He has shown that he is capable of winning in metro class. The races in the Winter have fantastic prizemoney and since he’s a gelding, we can avoid the really good horses in black type races this Autumn and still win some valuable races for our owners.’
Meanwhile, the 2019 Caulfield Guineas place-getter Groundswell has returned to work. Taylor has indicated that several Listed-to-Group 3 races in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide are being identified during the Autumn period, as they look to accumulate prizemoney for the talented gelding.