After dodging Queensland border closures with some sage forward thinking, Sam Freedman is looking to capitalise with a host of horses at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Victorian – who trains in partnership with father Anthony – has based himself on the Gold Coast with a team of horses and is looking to possibly sneak Groundswell into the Stradbroke Handicap next week should he win the Spear Chief Handicap (1500m) on Saturday.
“We rode him with a sit last time and I don’t think we will be using those tactics again,” he said.
“He will make his own luck on speed, there is a chance we go to the Stradbroke but he would want to go close on Saturday if he is going to back up. His form is better than what he showed.”
With the likes of Mark Kavanagh turned away from Queensland after arriving late last week, Freedman said they made the call to travel their horses up early while drama played out with the air transport.
“I have been down at Broadbeach and our horses are on the Gold Coast,” he said.
“I was probably going to be up here for a fair while with the amount of horses we have – with everything that happened, it just made the decision easier to do that.
“Most of our horses were already up, it is probably fortunate we did that last week so they arrived before there were any dramas really.”
Freedman will also saddle up Designs in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) should she gain a start into the $600,000 feature.
The three-year-old was well beaten in The Roses, but Freedman says she will appreciate the step up in distance.
Originally published asFreedman’s dodge border closures for Queensland assault
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