Trainer Lee Freedman set to leave Singapore; possible new training base in Queensland

Five-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Lee Freedman is poised to return to Australia from his three-year stint in Singapore, with south-east Queensland emerging as the favoured destination to continue his training career.

Racenet understands the Hall Of Fame trainer has been in contact with race clubs on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regarding a potential new venture in the Sunshine State.

Negotiations have progressed to the point where Freedman may be on the verge of making a decision on his training future.

It would be a huge coup for Queensland to score a trainer with the profile of Freedman, who won the last of his five Melbourne Cups with glorious triumphs with Makybe Diva in 2004 and 2005.

Tony Santic, Glen Boss and Lee Freedman celebrate the win of Makybe Diva after winning the Melbourne Cup for a third year in a row.Source:News Limited

Freedman also won the Cup with Tawriffic (1989), Subzero (1992) and Doriemus (1995) to put him in the spotlight with his three younger brothers when they were labelled the ‘FBI’ – Freedman Brothers Incorporated.

The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast have now emerged as the favourites for Lee Freedman, 64, to set up a new base and it is understood he has been in recent negotiations with both.

Racenet has reached out to Freedman repeatedly over the last seven days but he has not replied.

Freedman handed over control of the family‘s famed Markdel operation to brother Anthony in 2011 before renewing his association with leviathan owner Lloyd Williams when taking up the new position of director of training and racing at Macedon Lodge in 2013.

He has been in Singapore since 2017 and won the Singapore trainers’ premiership in 2018, finished sixth the following year and currently sits in third in 2020.

Earlier this year, Singapore Turf Club cut its prizemoney and the frequency of racing was also reduced to once a week.

Trainer Lee Freedman earlier this year. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Under Lee’s potential move to Queensland, the Freedman family would have training operations in three states.

Lee’s brother Anthony has enjoyed great success in Melbourne where he co-trains with son Sam.

Other brothers Richard and Michael are in a training partnership in Sydney and Will Freedman, Richard’s son, trains at Scone after taking out a license this year, and in August he became the latest member of the famous family to score a win as a trainer.

The Freedman brothers (from left) Anthony, Lee, Richard and Michael.Source:News Corp Australia

Originally published asLee Freedman bombshell: Training icon eyes off new base

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