Promising youngster Ain’tnodeeldun can take another significant step to pursuing rich Group 1 classic glory in the Autumn when he contests the $100,000 Hill Smith Stakes at Morphettville.
The Group 1 Rosehill Guineas on March 20 is on the radar for the last-start Sale maiden winner, provided he continues to satisfy co-trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman with his development.
“He has got to keep stepping up to the mark and keep improving to warrant going down that route,” said Sam Freedman, who joined his father as co-trainers at the start of the season on August 1.
“The horse has always shown very good ability. He was probably very immature and not going to measure up as a star two-year-old.
“We were giving him that experience and he has kept improving and getting better and better.
“He is not quite three years old yet.”
Despite racing wide for most of the trip, Ain’tnodeeldun powered to the line when asked for an effort for a commanding five-length win at Sale on September 24.
Freedman said it was good to see the colt start to show off his potential after being moved up in distance to the “mile”.
“He appreciated the strong tempo and was very strong to the line,” he said.
“The 1800m in Adelaide should not be a problem, his sectionals at Sale were all strong.
“He is horse which prefers travelling a bit wide in a little bit of space, so hopefully there is a nice tempo and he can switch off and relax. He should be finishing off hard.”
He ruled out the Victoria Derby at Flemington on October 31 as a target for Ain’tnodeeldun with the preference being the Vase over 2040m at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day, or an 1800m race for three-year olds at Flemington in Melbourne Cup week.
The Brumby appears the best hope of success for Tony and Calvin McEvoy, who have three runners.
He was a superb second to Instant Celebrity in the Oaklands Plate at Morphettville in July and has since finishing second at Sandown and seventh at Flemington, beaten only 1.6 lengths.
Instant Celebrity is aiming for her fifth straight win in the Thousand Guineas. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
CELEBRITY HEADS GROUP 1 CHARGE
Unbeaten filly Instant Celebrity is a strong chance to add to South Australia’s impressive Group 1 tally this Spring when she contests the $1 million Thousand Guineas at Caulfield today.
The Phillip Stokes-trained youngster is second favourite for the 1600m challenge behind Hungry Heart, which was a last-start second in the Flight Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.
“We have not had to do a lot with her,” Stokes said.
“She worked nicely on Tuesday and her fitness is where we want it.
“It is just a matter whether she can get the mile, but she gives every indication she will. She relaxes beautifully.”
Instant Celebrity has won all four starts in stunning fashion.
Murray Bridge-trained Ecumenical has been rated a $31 chance in the Thousand Guineas.
There has been plenty of hype for SA Derby winner Russian Camelot and he has been listed at odds on in early markets for a 2000m race at Caulfield.
All nine races at Caulfield are black type with the Caulfield Guineas and Toorak Handicap on the program. The Champion Stakes highlights racing at Randwick.
Originally published asFreedmans’ colt could be the real ‘deel’
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