Name: Prince George
Sire: All Too Hard
Dam: St. Kate
Trainer: Richard Freedman
Foal Date: 28/09/2015
The TTSC Racehorse Syndication Service is thrilled to offer shares in this bay colt by the impressive multiple Group 1 winner All Too Hard, on behalf of its client Heart Thoroughbreds.
Heart Thoroughbreds purchased the colt out of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in June and sent him immediately to be broken-in and is now being prepared to race as a two-year-old. The colt has exceeded all expectations and Heart Thoroughbreds have reported he may be ready for the spring two-year-old trials, so there is a strong possibility the colt might race before Christmas.
Naturally, Heart Thoroughbreds have nominated the colt for the Magic Millions rich race series that includes their 2YO Classic along with ATC’s Golden Slipper and the MRC’s Blue Diamond.
Bred and offered by Baramul Stud, his sire a multiple Group 1 winner and a half-brother to the legendary Black Caviar, All Too Hard was a champion in his own right, and Australia’s Champion 3-year-old colt in 2012/13.
At two, All Too Hard won the Group 2 Pago Pago at Rosehill and the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington. At three, he defeated Pierro, winning the great sires-producing Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and beat the older horses in the WFA Group 1 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield plus the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick, as well as finishing second in the Cox Plate. In all he won $2,288,200.
The colt’s x-rays were clear and he has been classified as a low-risk racing proposition, and, his response to the breaking-in process has been positive. Heart Thoroughbreds principal Neil Breen is pleased to inform the colt has not missed a beat along the way and is very, very relaxed, eats everything and finds stable life extremely easy. Breen adds, the colt is currently thriving in work at Richard Freedman’s Rosehill stables.
Once the Syndicate has been formed the group will be managed by Heart Thoroughbreds, Neil Breen.
NOT ENOUGH? The dam of the colt is St Kate, a Danehill mare who won three times, twice as a two year old. She is a wonderfully bred half sister to three Group 1 winners – Bonanova, Fraternity and the mighty Telesto.
St Kate is a proven producer and has produced seven individual winners that include the stakes-winning mare Kakakakatie.
Heart Thoroughbreds believe the colt has everything you need in a yearling, and has developed into a magnificent two-year-old – and is big and strong with a long girth, strong shoulders and rear and impeccable gait. The colt has a high rating from vet Dr Chris Lawler, which is borne out in his reports. In addition, Chris loved the fact St. Kate was fallow the year before the colt was born, meaning when the colt was gestating, St Kate had no foal at foot, allowing all her nutrition to go into the womb. A bonus in his tabulated pedigree is the fact Danehill is present on both sides.
The racing wheel has turned the full circle for Richard Freedman.
And the signs are all positive that it has arrived at a perfect point in the career of a trainer who has seen and done more than most in racing.
A member of one of Australia’s greatest modern-day racing families, Freedman has been done more than most in his racing career. As a trainer, an administrator, a commentator and now a trainer again, Freedman comes to his “new” role with a rare mix of experience and wisdom.
And there isn’t much doubt that the knowledge he has acquired over a lifetime in the business is being readily translated into winners.
Freedman was born into racing at his father’s Hardwicke Stud at Yass in NSW. After learning the fundamentals of horsemanship at the family farm, he and brothers Lee and Anthony started training in Sydney in 1983. The brothers set up at Warwick Farm when they couldn’t get boxes at Randwick, but found the situation unsuitable to their ambitions and the following year, joined by the youngest of the team, Michael, moved to Melbourne, establishing their Brackley Lodge stables at Flemington – and becoming an almost instant success.
The deeds of the Freedman brothers in Victoria include five Melbourne Cups and a place for brother Lee in the Australian racing Hall of Fame.
While the brothers’ careers have taken various turns in the years since they dominated Victorian racing, none has lost the ability to train winners.
For Richard’s part, he showed that by producing a city winner from his small team within a couple of months of taking out his trainer’s licence when Forever Dream won at Canterbury on May 11, 2017.
Over the ensuing weeks he trained four more individual winners, his skills perhaps being best demonstrated by the success of the French import Auvray who became Richard’s first Saturday city winner when it toppled the odds-on favourite at Rosehill in August, 2017. Auvray’s victory for Richard came after previous trainers had battled in vain with the horse.
Richard Freedman prepares his team at Rosehill, having previously run a pre-training operation at Hawkesbury.