Anthony and Sam Freedman following Doriemus Melbourne Cup plan with Irish import Delphi

Anthony and Sam Freedman have embarked on a similar program to 1995 Melbourne Cup winner Doriemus with exciting import Delphi.

Anthony Freedman was part of the Freedman Brothers outfit along with Lee, Richard and Michael that won the great race with Doriemus 15 months after the stayer’s arrival from New Zealand.

Doriemus won at his Australian debut at Doomben in 1994 before posting two wins during that spring. He moved into Australian racing folklore with wins in the 1995 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Delphi’s journey to a possible Melbourne Cup start will begin in Saturday’s The Wayne Wilson (1600m) at Eagle Farm.

Co-trainer Sam Freedman said the $150,000 race will be Delphi’s only Brisbane appearance before the former Aidan O’Brien-trained stallion is prepared for the spring.

“Dad actually referenced where they did a similar sort of thing with Doriemus where they gave him one run and headed to the spring carnival,” Freedman said.

“I’d expect, win, lose or draw, that he runs on Saturday then we get him out to Kolora Lodge to stay in work and keep him ticking over up here (in Queensland).”

Staying legend Doriemus made his Australian debut at Doomben before the NZ-bred star won the 1995 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.Source:News Limited

Delphi won four of his five starts for O’Brien in a record that includes a win over dual Melbourne Cup runner Master Of Reality over 2816m in Ireland last August.

Freedman said Delphi was sold to stable clients soon after that win. But the camp decided against pushing the stallion to race last spring.

“He was up and going for the spring then he had a little setback,” he said.

Delphi is a winner over a mile in Ireland. However, Freedman said the trip would be too short for the four-year-old on Saturday.

Freedman expects Delphi to measure up to good races in the spring, irrespective of his performance at Eagle Farm.

“He’s had a few jumpouts but he’s a big solid horse that is quite hard to get the weight off,” Freedman said.

“We probably expect him to be a bit ring rusty on Saturday but we’re still getting to know him and he’s going to be a lot better over further.

“He’s probably got a high enough rating that he’s not going to struggle to get into the big races in the spring.

“It’s a matter of having him there in good order.”

Originally published asDoriemus plan in place for highly regarded Delphi

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