Freedmans look set for winning start

The new training partnership of Anthony Freedman and his son Sam looks destined for a winning start at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The two are combining forces for the new racing season, with Sam moving up from being an assistant trainer. They have three runners at Saturday’s Melbourne metro meet, including Wilmot Pass who is a relatively short-priced favourite in Race 6.

Sam Freedman spoke about the upcoming meeting and the new partnership.

“It’s exciting,” he said.

“Not a lot will change but it’s nice to be joining Dad in the partnership, so hopefully we can have a good start.

“But they don’t give away metro races so it’s not going to be easy.

“It’s nice to have a few nice chances there and hopefully we can just build into the season nicely.

“We were just giving a bit of thought whether we waited a week and ran him (Wilmot Pass) down the straight in the Aurie’s Star at Flemington.

“We’re still giving that a little bit of thought but at this stage, he’ll be the first runner and he seems to be going really well.

“His work at home has been super.

“We think he’s going as well as he can.

“A little bit of a concern might be The Valley. I’m not quite sure how well he will corner around there because he can lug out a little bit.”

Their other two runners will go head-to-head in the Vale Rob Gaylard Handicap later in the day. Bedford was a winner in its last start and will have Jamie Mott on board, meanwhile Danon Roman won at Flemington two starts back.