Name: Gogh Fox
Trainer: Richard Freedman
Foal Date: 11/11/2016
HEART THOROUGHBREDS – COLT A HALF-BRO TO NECHITA
The TTSC on behalf of Heart Thoroughbreds is no longer offering shares in this bay colt with the Horse Racing Syndicate full.
Out of a daughter of Peintre Celebre, Artistique and by Foxwedge the colt is a half brother to Nechita (by Fastnet Rock) a winner of three races from just four starts including the 2012 VRC Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m.); Art Thou Ready (by More Than Ready) eight wins and $202,740; Thermogenic (by Northern Meteor) two wins and $89,926 and the winning Kandinsky (by Hinchinbrook).
Artistique is a half-sister to the six-time winner Chiming Lass (by Bellotto) & five-time winner Winona (by Bluebird) – incidentally both mares are winners of the AJC Listed Toy Show Quality (1400m.). By Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev) winner of the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) and the Grand Prix de Paris (2000m.) at Longchamp and trained by Andre Fabre. Owned through his racing career by Daniel Wildensten, Peintre Celebre retired after winning the 1997 Arc due to an injury the chestnut sustained in that race.
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 (ex Ofcourseican) 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 (ex Ameyrah) who became Richard’s first Saturday city winner when toppling odds-on favourite at Rosehill in August, 2017. Auvray’s victory for Richard came after previous trainers had battled in vain with the horse. A week later Richard saddled up his second metropolitan winner with the gelded Latin Boy (ex Miss Hinze) winning the fourth consecutive time at Warwick Farm in a Benchmark 70.
Richard Freedman prepares his team at Rosehill, having previously run a pre-training operation at Hawkesbury.