Dam: Seduction Line
Trainer: Richard & Michael Freedman
Foal Date: 03/10/2017
HEART’S KERMADEC FILLY TO BE AN ADVERSARY
By a freshman sire out of a proven producer
The TTSC’s Authorised Representative Heart Thoroughbreds are thrilled to offer shares in this brown filly by multiple Group 1 winner Kermadec with his first crop of foals turning two years-old next month on the first day of August.
As a racehorse Kermadec displayed a brilliant turn-of-foot winning the 2014 Group 3 VRC Carbine Stakes (1600 m.) at Flemington, beating home subsequent multiple Group 1 winner Stratum Star (2015 Rupert Clark 1400 m. & 2016 Kingston Town 1800 m.).
After multiple Group 1 placings in the 2015 VRC Australian Guineas (1600 m.) and the 2015 ATC George Ryder (1500 m.), Kermadec came with strong finishing burst to mow down the leaders for a comfortable one-and three-quarter length win in the 2015 Group 1 ATC Doncaster Handicap (1600 m.). The horse finished off his 2015 campaign with another soft victory, as a short priced favourite, in winning the ATC George Main Stakes (1600 m.) beating home 2014 Group 1 VRC Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist.
The following season Kermadec trained on to be placed three times at Group 1 level, with the horses most admiral performance coming in the ATC George Ryder Stakes when he pushed Winx (by Street Cry) when second by a length-and-half.
This filly is out of Seduction Line, a proven producer being the dam of five winners that include Snippets Land (by Snippetson) a dual Listed winner in the 2015 Canberra National Sprint (1400 m.) and the 2018 Spear Chief (1400 m.) at the Sunshine Coast. Snippets Land’s most credentialed win came in the 2016 Doomben BRC Sprint over (1350 m.) at Group 3 level beating home handy gallopers Religify and Artlee.
NOT ENOUGH? Kermadec is by Teofilo a horse that has produced a number of Group 1 winners in Australia. Teofilo’s top performer down under is the winner 2018 Group 1 Melbourne Cup hero, Cross Counter (ex Waitress) other class gallopers include Happy Clapper (ex Busking) winner of the 2018 ATC Doncaster, 2017 Epsom Handicap along with the 2018 Canterbury Stakes; Humidor (ex Zalika) winner of the 2018 MRC Memsie Stakes, 2017 Australia Stakes and that year’s Makybe Diva Stakes; young sire Palentino winner of the 2016 VRC Makybe Diva Stakes as well as the clubs Australian Guineas (both over 1600 m.).
Heart Thoroughbreds deliberately targeted this filly with the belief she would develop into a “classic contender” providing the team with a golden opportunity to target the massive amount of prize money on offer in Australia for the classic and middle distance range of races.
Once the Horse Racing Syndicate has been formed it will be managed by Neil Breen from Heart Thoroughbreds.
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 months he’s 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.
During the 2017/18 racing season Auvray won the Group 3 Sky High Stakes, that win cemented the bay gelding a spot in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200 m.), finishing fourth behind Whoshotthebarman.
So far during the 2018/19 season the connections of Auvray have been thrilled with their bay gelding finishing second in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup, plus a once in a lifetime experience, with their horse gaining a start in the 2018 Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200 m.).
This season Richard is on track to better the number of wins he trained a season earlier, 19 wins and more than a million in prizemoney, with another seven months to run Freedman has 18 wins on the board banking those connections more than $700,000 as of late January 2019.
Richard Freedman prepares his team on course at Rosehill in Sydney.