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26/03/02 Freedman's Runners Shine in Oakbank Trials
r6leefreedman.jpg (12058 bytes)Lee Freedman, who currently has his focus on Sydney with Don Eduardo, Ugachaka and Pillaging running in feature events there on Saturday, has sent warnings to the seasoned jumping stables when three of his team impressed in jumping trials at Oakbank yesterday.

Nautilism was by far the most impressive of the three Freedman trained horses who were given a look at the unique Adelaide Hills circuit during yesterday's official jumping trials.

In the first of two steeple trials Nautilism downed the Barry Brook trained Delegate by 10 lengths, while Shamrock Dancer was a breath away in third place.

Top jumps jockey Craig Durden, who rode the dashing jumper Nautilism, was also aboard his hurdling stablemates Joe Bananas and Family Favourite.

Joe Bananas finished a half length second to the Eric Musgrove trained City of Gold in the 2600 metre division one of the hurdle. The Colin Stewart trained Benyang was a neck away in third place. The unplaced brigade included the Tony McEvoy trained Mascagni.

In the following trial the Irish bred galloper Family Favourite looked impressive winning his 2600 metre heat by some four lengths. The Musgrove trained What a Mess was second over the line a half length clear of the Barry Burgess trained Pitt Boss Kiss. Lance Corporal fell late in the trial was escaped unscatched.


Trial 1 - Hurdle - about 2600m

1st CITY OF GOLD - Bill Williams for Eric Musgrove.
2nd JOE BANANAS (NZ) - Craig Durden for Lee Freedman.
3rd BENYANG - Pat Kelly for Colin Stewart
Then came (in finishing order): Winsome Willy, Mascagni, Texan Trader, Bright 'n' Early. Margins: 1/2 length x Neck. Time: 2-33.5.

Trial 2 - Hurdle - about 2600m

1st FAMILY FAVOURITE - Craig Durden for Lee Freedman.
2nd WHAT A MESS - Bill Williams for Eric Musgrove.
3rd PITT BOSS KISS - Jason Wallace for Barry Burgess.
Then came: Famous Pirate, Boxter Blue, Tassie's Shout. Lance Corporal fell. Margins: 4 lengths x 1/2 length. Time: 2-32.1.

Trial 3 - Hurdle - about 2600m

1st VOODOO SUNSET - Craig Durden for Ron Campbell.
2nd FAIRWAY GAME - Garry Preston for Ken Matson.
3rd SHUTAYR - Pat Kelly for Joe Lockyer.
Then came: Crown Duo, The Hind. Margins: Nose x 3/4 length. Time: 2-30.9.

Trial 4 - Steeplechase - about 2800m

1st NAUTILISM - Craig Durden for Lee Freedman.
2nd DELEGATE - P Fahy for Barry Brook.
3rd SHAMROCK DANCER - Grant Young for Karen Byrnes.
Then came: Big Bonus. Midnight Smoker pulled up. Real Zeal scratched. Margins: 10 lengths x Nose. Time: 3-58.5.

Trial 5 - Steeplechase - about 2800m

1st lap - 1st NOBLE JON - Gavin Grofskey for David Brideoake.
1st lap - 2nd HOSTLER - Garry Preston for John O'Connor.
2nd lap - 1st DOBROYD - unknown rider for Eric Musgrove.
2nd lap - 2nd BALLATA - unknown rider for Gordon Richards.
2nd lap - 3rd SEEK THE GOLD - Steven Pateman for Merri Glatz.
No other starters. Hibernian Prince scratched. Margins: 3/4 length x 8 lengths. for second lap. Time: 4-01.0.

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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