|The Melbourne training premiership race hotted up this afternoon
when Lee Freedman won the first race, the Monash Student Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield
Storm Prince, a colt who's owned by a group of
golfing buddies including former legend Jack Newton and sporting commentators Sandy
Roberts and Drew Morphett, gave Freedman a two run buffer when he scored a three quarter
The win also gave leading local hoop Damien Oliver a
welcome return to the saddle after a recent break which took in a surfing trip to
The son of Desert King won his second race from as many
starts, after a debut win at Moonee Valley recently.
Freedman predicted a bit of a future for the two-year-old
colt, saying he already had a feature race picked out for the youngster later in the year.
"I'd like to aim him at a race like the Sandown
Guineas," Freedman said. "I think he'd be really suited at 1600 metres and he is
bred to get over more ground as well."
After getting back to a little worse than midfield early the youngster soon
picked up the bit and worked to the lead before holding out any late challenge for a three
quarter length win.
"It was a good fighting win," winning jockey
Damien Oliver said.
"It's a great way to get back into it (riding)."
"I haven't ridden since Brisbane Cup day but it was a
good time to recharge and help the knee after it became sore," the leading hoop said.
Oliver added he had a real break and had not begun track riding until earlier this week.
The top weight Chowpie ($3.80-$4.20) got well back in the
field before powering home and was originally second over the line.
But that gelding was relegated to third after a successful
protest by the rider of the then third placegetter Koala ($5-$6-$4.80).
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