Australian trainer plots Tattersalls Horses in Training raid
The five-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer is planning an assult on TattersallsAutumn SalePICTURE: Jon Winter
LEE FREEDMAN has issued a prospectus outlining his aim of finding financial backing for a raid on this month's Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale in the search for potential runners to contend next year's Australian Cup races, reported The Australian.
The newspaper goes on to claim that the trainer is seeking A$750,000 to A$1m to buy six to ten horses, and that Freedman suggests in the prospectus that "manyof the big operations such as Darley, Coolmore and Shadwell are producing such huge quantities of well bred racehorses that there is an ongoing need to turn over horses to make space for the following crop of youngsters."
According to the newspaper the prospectus outlines a plan for the horses to arrive at Freedman's training base in Rye, Victoria, in December, where they will be rested until February before a short programme of racing between April and May. They would then be rested again during the southern hemisphere winter before being given a Cup preparation.
Freedman has won the Melbourne Cup on five occasions, including when preparing Makybe Diva for the last two of her three victories in the race. He has also won the Caulfield Cup four times.