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Stone Warrior strong in Adelaide

Stone Warrior has been consistent, if not a little frustrating since his first up win at Bendigo in November. Inside draws and a lack of luck conspired to see the son of Shamoline Warrior confined to the minor placing’s at his previous four starts heading into Saturday’s 1800M contest at Morphettville.

Trainer’s, Lee and Anthony Freedman, were confident they’d found a suitable race and for jockey, Daniel Moor, the challenge was to ensure the 4YO gelding had clear room to wind up in the straight.

The plan went off without a hitch. Moor lobbed Stone Warrior into a perfect trailing position three pairs back and extricated him to the outside before the home bend to make his run. Deep into his campaign and most likely searching for further, Stone Warrior took a while to wind up and reel in his rivals but he was strong on the line in recording a half-length victory.

Moor said after the race that Stone Warrior would be better in time and his best distances would eventually be significantly further than the 1800M on Saturday. Tactically, the gelding showed he was able to hold a position closer to the speed on Saturday and this ability to put himself in the early picture will be hugely advantageous as the distances increase.

Saturday’s win was a deserved reward for connections, trainer and the horse and the future looks bright for Stone Warrior.

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Stone Warrior to ring the bells in Adelaide.

Having tasted success recently with Renew in the “City of Churches”, OTI and its partners are back again this Saturday with Stone Warrior, hoping lightning will strike twice inside a month.

Trained by Lee Freedman, Stone Warrior has been a victim of unfavorable inside draws of late.  Most recently at Pakenham, he got back to near last and was forced to make his run hard up against the rail, which wasn’t the place to be on the night and his effort to finish third was excellent.  At Sandown two starts back, he found himself in all sorts of trouble when trying to make a run in the straight and, with even luck, probably would have won.

This talented 4YO son of Shamoline Warrior is in top order ahead of his trip to Morphettville on Saturday where Daniel Moor will pilot the gelding from the slightly more favorable barrier five.  The aim will be to get the gelding clean air at the top of the straight allowing an uninterrupted passage for him to work through his gears in the drive to the line.

Having placed at his last four outings after a dominant Bendigo maiden win, Stone Warrior is bursting for another victory and Saturday’s race looks an ideal opportunity for him to get back into the winner’s stall.  Once the dam walls burst, this gelding has the talent to work his way through the grades and we’d hope to see him back in Saturday Melbourne Metropolitan racing before too long.

Best of luck to all our partners.

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Crocodile Shoes thriving in the Freedman stable

Crocodile Shoes, a promising Irish 4YO Colt by a champion sire, is thriving in the hands of Lee and Anthony Freedman since his arrival to Australia late in 2016.

The well put-together bay colt is a son of champion sire, Galileo who has produced 233 stakes winners including the 2014 Cox Plate champion, Adelaide. Galileo is a stallion that needs no introduction. He boasts an impressive 68% runners to winner strike rate and his progeny has claimed Group 1 success around the world.

Crocodile Shoes is out of the Stravinsky mare, Mythical Echo, who has had four foals to race for two winners.

Although lightly raced, Crocodile Shoes has already broken his maiden and shown enough ability to suggest he will measure up to better Australian staying races. He was dominant in his Roscommon win three starts back. His time over the 2000m was quicker than the subsequent 3YO Open Handicap run 30 minutes later.

Crocodile Shoes is a tractable horse who can put himself on speed but is just as happy to drop his head and relax when asked to take cover. His versatile racing style is ideally suited to Australian staying events where he will give his trainer and jockey tactical options come race day.

Trainer, Anthony Freedman said of Crocodile Shoes: “

I first inspected this horse in early January after his arrival in Australia. To the eye, he was a lovely type, with a good temperament and the confirmation of a good horse.

When the horse arrived at our stables in mid-February, he had clearly flourished during the first 6 weeks or so in the country, and as a result, I found him to be the a most appealing type. He has settled into the stable well, he eats well, seems very sound and most importantly has a great attitude towards his work.

Given the breeding and his racing performances in Europe, I’m very confident that we have exciting horse on our hands. Naturally, it will take 6 months or so, to get him use to the Australian way of doing things, but come next year we hope he is up to our quality staying races.”

The colt’s UK rating of 87 should see him rated in the low-to-mid-70’s which will allow him to start his Australian career in a middle-distance Benchmark 78 before potentially progressing to a midweek metropolitan race thereafter.

As he will still be a 5YO in the spring, we anticipate he will take a progressive route through his grades with the autumn of 2018 being the time he can start attacking high-quality staying races.

The future is very bright for this lightly-raced, progressive staying prospect.

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