|Australian Derby aspirations for record breaking
yearling purchase Don Eduardo go on the line in tomorrow's $201,000 Shannons Classic
(1800m) at Caulfield.
Knocked down to Gooree Park
Stud's Eduardo Conjuangco for $3.6 million at the 2000 Karaka yearling sales, Don Eduardo
has won his past three races, but the Group Two event on Saturday is a major test for the
son of Zabeel.
A three quarter brother to the champion galloper and
promising young sire Octagonal and his former star brother Mouawad, Don Eduardo impressed
with a good win in last Saturday's Schweppes Cup.
Connections aren't worried about the colt having to back up
quickly since his win at the same track seven days earlier.
"Lee was thinking about keeping him fresh for
the Rosehill Guineas but decided if he was to run in the Shannons (Classic) he would be
better suited for the races in Sydney," his jockey Damien Oliver said.
Freedman is set to run Don Eduardo in the Group One
Rosehill Guineas (2000m), a race which will be run a fortnight after tomorrow's event.
"With the two week break between tomorrow's race and
the Rosehill Guineas it should hold him in good stead for the Derby," Oliver added.
The Group One Australian Derby at Randwick two weeks after
the Rosehill Guineas in Don Eduardo's major goal this preparation.
Freedman feels the blueblood is suited to race like the
Derby as he tends to settle so well in his races.
"Being a bit of a lazy horse he tends to really turn
off during his races and Damien is forced to get into him to bring him to life," he
Don Eduardo is one of three runners for Freedman in the
Shannons Classic. He will also be saddling up the filly Manang and the handy Group winner
"It's a harder race (for Don Eduardo) than
last week's Schweppes Cup," the Caulfield based trainer said.
"This (the 1800 metre dstance) may be a bit short, but
it will keep him on course for his targets in Sydney."
"But that's not to say he can't win on Saturday,"
Freedman isn't expecting too much from Manang in tomorrow's
race, as like stablemate Moon Dragon she is being aimed for the riches in New South Wales.
"I don't expect her to trouble the colts here."
"She is preparing for the Oaks in Sydney and this race
is an important part of her lead up," he said.
All Courage, a winner of the Carbine Club Stakes last
spring before a gallant second to Moon Dragon in the Sandown Guineas, is being tested at
"Trying him over a longer journey is a bit of an
experiment. He will gain further fitness from this race and I really think the longer trip
Oliver was forced to choose between Don Eduardo
and the Victoria Derby winner Amalfi for his ride in the Shannons.
"My connection with the Freedman stable and the fact
the owner of him (Don Eduardo) is Eduardo Conjuangco helped make the decision for
Oliver said that Amalfi was a "very good horse and
went excellent first up" just moments before it was announced that Amalfi was
officially scratched from the race.
So I guess Damien's already had one win - maybe the other
is coming tomorrow.
Don Eduardo is rated a $4.60 second favourite behind the
firm David Hall trained fancy Royal Code ($3.00). Others in the market supplied by Alan
Eskander were Ustinov ($5.50) and All Courage ($10). The market was framed before the news
of Amalfi's scratching was revealed. At the time Eskander had rated Amalfi a $7 chance.
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