Dam: Tennessee Tango
Trainer: Lee Freedman
Foal Date: 18/08/20
ASSOCIATED BLOODSTOCK’S SIDESTEP FILLY.
Mark Greenup from Associated Bloodstock selected this filly out of Book Two at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale. Greenup employed the services of Jim Clarke, from Clarke Bloodstock, to assist in the selection process.
Clarke noted this filly is mature for her age, well-balanced with a nice deep girth along with a good length of hip. Owning an attractive head, the bay has a fluent athletic action and showed a nice disposition.
By Sidestep, winner of the Group 2 Pago Pago (1200 m.) stakes as a juvenile, in-turn by Exceed And Excel, he’s been performing well in the breeding barn. From five crops, and less than 450 foals, the 11-year-old horse has already sired a Group 1 juvenile winner in Kiamichi, winner of the 2019 ATC Golden Slipper, with the second stage of his career established.
Bred by Darley, the horse covers mares in Queensland at Telemon Thoroughbreds which qualifies this filly for the state’s QTIS bonus scheme, with the first payment received by the Racing Authority. As of January 20th, 2022, Sidestep’s statistics reveal 193-runners for ninety-eight (98) individual winners a starter to winner ratio of 50.8%, three stakes’ winners with another five black type placegetters.
Not enough? The dam of this filly Tennesse Tango (by Encosta de Lago) hails from the extended family of the Group 2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Tennessee Morn as well as the Listed winner Tennessee Mist being out of a half-sister to Group 2 winner Trezevant (by Flying Spur).
Both daughters are out of Tennessee Magic (by Bletchingly) the female family has produced Group 1 VRC Darley Classic winner Malaguerra (by Magnus), Aloha (by Encosta de Lago) winner of the Group 1 ATC Coolmore Classic as well as New Zealand’s 2019-20 leading juvenile Cool Aza Beel (by Savabeel) winner of the ARC Diamond Stakes.
Tennessee Tango has produced three live foals, from those a two-year-old colt has been named Signet Ring (by Choisir) and is in the stable of Mark Newnham. Viribright Racing paid $190,000 for that chestnut out of last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. This yearling filly a bay owns a white star and near (left) hind fetlock. The mare has since foaled down another filly by Spirit of Boom that is now a weanling, Tennessee Tango was covered last spring by the 2020 Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes winner King’s Legacy (by Redoute’s Choice).
Mark Greenup from Associated Bloodstock will manage the Horse Racing Syndicate.
The racing and breeding industries have been David Lee Freedman’s life, since his father Tony (Anthony) accepted breeding and training after retiring as a property developer in New South Wales. Educated at The Scots College, Freedman dropped out of the Australian National University to join his father to work and eventually run the family’s stud near Yass.
Freedman’s career changed with a decision to branch out as a trainer setting up stables at Warwick Farm, with a small team of horses with his brother Anthony as the Foreman. Not long after they moved interstate and they found success with a bay filly by Loosen Up, Sauna (ex Ardennes) winning the MVRC Group 3 Leilani Stakes (1200 m.). Sauna trained-on to finish runner-up in the Group 1 VATC 1000 Guineas (1600 m.) It was in 1982 that Lee trained, his first winner at the elite level when Ms. Clipper (Alert – Right Wind) defeated Canny Lass in the SAJC Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000 m.).
Seven years on Freedman landed the 1989 VRC Group 1 Melbourne Cup with Tawrrific (Tawfiq – Jovarty) under the guidance of Shane Dye. Then through an amazing period from 1992 the brothers saddled up the Group 1 winning Super Impose (Imposing – Pheroz Fancy), Naturalism (Palace Music – Zephyr Souba), Subzero (Kala Dancer – Wiley Trade), Encosta de Lago (Fairy King – Shoal Creek) and Doriemus (Norman Pentaquad – Golden Woods).
Not long after the 2000 Melbourne Cup Carnival, Freedman decided to change his training set-up again with his brother Richard buying a piece of land, near Rye, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula the brothers set the property up in a manner that reinvigorated the operation. The likes of Alinghi (Encosta de Lago – Oceanfast), Special Harmony (Spinning World – Marooned Lady), Mummify (Jeune – Cleopatras Girl), and the champion mare Makybe Diva (Desert King – Tugela).
Freedman took over the training of Makybe Diva in 2004, after David Hall left to accept a position in Hong Kong. Freedman nurtured the mare into superstar that became fondly known as ‘The Diva’ winning a BMW, an Australian Cup, a Cox Plate, and the VRC’s iconic Melbourne Cup on two more occasions taking The Diva’s tally to three wins which has never done in more than 160 years of the race. Fittingly, The Diva retired after winning her third Melbourne Cup in November 2005.
In 2003, Lee Freedman joined the ranks of Australia’s all-time greats when he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. In 2006 Freedman regarded as Victoria’s premier trainer, and along with Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse, David Hayes and John Hawkes, among Australia’s best.
Mid-2017 Freedman moved to Singapore to train out of Kranji taking over the stables of retired Laurie Laxon, partly due to COVID-19 and its effects on racing in the county, Freedman decided to return to Australia and set up his new base at the Gold Coast.
Associated Bloodstock’s Mark Greenup is incredibly pleased to be sending another filly to Freedman to develop and train on behalf Associated Bloodstock.
The share price per 2% share $2,371.00 (inc. GST) is inclusive of the breaking-in fee, early education, registration, transport, along with the Magic Millions race series, plus nominations to the Blue Diamond and the Golden Slipper along with the final payment to Queensland’s bonus scheme QTIS. All expenses that relate to welfare traceability plus insurance are included with the Livestock policy paid until January, 2023.