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Monthly stable update with Mitch Freedman and Racing Manager Alex Ross


 Today's Runners Werribee

Mr Shorty Race 2

Jockey    |     W.Gordon

Kulkyne Race 3
Jockey    |     W.Gordon


Mr Shorty ridden by PC Scales


Winners Circle


Boga Legend gets the chocolates
May 16 Pakenham
1600m   Adam Sass Takes On Sportsbet Maiden Plate
Jockey: J.Allen


Docinthe shows class
May 3 Echuca
1300m   Hygain Victory Handicap  
Jockey: J.Fry


Ti Tree Lad breaks maiden
May 1 Warrnambool
1400m   Billy "The Butcher" Malady Maiden Plate
Jockey: J.Allen


This season with 207 stable runners over 2023/24 

First place    -     39
Second place     -     23 
Third place    -    27



Boga Legend breaks maiden in style


Boga Legend ridden by John Allen wins the Adam Sass Takes On Sportsbet Maiden Plate at Sportsbet Pakenham on May 16, 2024 in Pakenham, Australia.


It has taken the lightly raced son of Puissance De Lune four starts to break his maiden, perhaps longer than the stable anticipated but he has been ultra consistent in some metropolitan and strong rating maidens.

First up this preparation off some promising trials, Boga Legend ran 2nd in the 3yo 1700m maiden at the Warrnambool carnival, making an enormous run from back in the field, which proved to be very difficult to do so over the carnival.

Coming back slightly to the 1600m and drawing a more suitable gate, Boga Legend burst clear at the top of the long Pakenham straight and put his rivals away in a handful of strides, resulting in a comfortable 3 three-length victory.

Boga Legend’s maiden win included the lucrative Vobis Silver & Gold bonuses, resulting in $44,000 in prize money out of a $40,000 race – a great endorsement for the Vobis system and reward for the ownership group.

It was a great thrill to see Mr Lachlan Holmes-Brown & Mr Nathaniel Holmes-Brown make the drive from Swan Hill to see Boga Legend. A seven hour round trip on a Thursday night is always worth it when you have a win like that.


Docinthe impresses at Echuca


Docinthe ridden by Jarrod Fry returns to scale after winning the Hygain Victory Handicap at Echuca Racecourse on May 03, 2024 in Echuca

The son of Cable Bay has been a model of consistency throughout his career and was racing well in the summer months, including being narrowly beaten by less than a length on two of the previous three occasions.

Still being lightly raced, Freedman elected to give Docinthe a little freshen up, utilising the Aqua Treadmill at HSP Equine Centre before returning with an impressive trial and now first up win.
Troy and the team at HSP provide a fantastic service and the Aqua Treadmill is a great tool for horses returning to work, or for those who need a freshen up before returning to the races.

We are very grateful for their work and Docinthe was a favourite of their team, so it is pleasing to see him back in the winners stall. Docinthe found himself with a difficult rating of 61 and somewhat in ‘no man’s land’, between getting a start in the competitive benchmark 64 racing in Victoria, or carrying the weight in a benchmark 58. Fortunately, his classed proved superior at Echuca under the guidance of Jarrod Fry.

Docinthe will be a horse to keep an eye on in the coming months as the Polytrack Racing Season commences later this month. He showed that he can handle the surface, racing well in the winter months last year of his first racing preparation.


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Freedman’s second winner at the 2024 Warrnambool May Carnival


Presentation to connections of Ti Tree Lad after winning the Billy “The Butcher” Malady Maiden Plate at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 01, 2024 in Warrnambool, Australia.


 Being a ‘former local’ training out of Warrnambool and the Primmer family Warrnambool royalty, it was a great thrill for the team to see Ti Tree Lad break his maiden in impressive style at the Warrnambool Carnival.

The Mitch Freedman team have had runners at the carnival for a decade now, including a number of placings and one soul winner being Princess Lou Ling back in 2016. Ti Tree Lad bucked the trend and overcame the unfavourable conditions on the day, saluting by one and quarter lengths.

As always at the ‘Bool, there was a big tip going around the betting ring and this one was coming straight from the trainers mouth.

“I was very confident that he could come to the Warrnambool Carnival and be really competitive. It’s a great thrill to be winning down here and I couldn’t be happier to win a race in the colours of my good friend Josh Julius.”

Post race Freedman acknowledged the passing of Josh’s grandmother, in what certainly was a special moment for the family to see their colours winning.

Congratulations to the connections of Ti Tree Lad, many who are first time owners with our team. Ti Tree Lad looks to be a horse with a very bright future and is certainly one to keep in the black book.


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Brothers who share a passion for racing


Pictured is Lachlan and Nathaniel with the 2010 Melbourne Cup

Lachlan Q & A

 Q: When did a passion for horse racing start for you?
A: Racing caught my attention during my first  Melbourne Cup sweep, it was the 2006 Melbourne cup and I drew Pop Rock. 
He went on to run 2nd by a neck in a ding dong battle down the straight and from that moment I knew that racing was going to be my passion. 
Q: What’s the furtherest you’ve travelled for a race?
A: Braving the 3.5hr drive from home all the way out to Pakenham (which ended up as 4hrs due to peak hour) to watch Boga Legend win is the furthest I’ve travelled for a race other than being on holidays somewhere else. 
Q: Could you tell us a bit about Gerry Ryan?
A: While being lucky enough to have Gerry and Val Ryan in the family tree, I could not speak highly enough about them both.  Very generous, giving myself and my family many experiences in horse racing from awesome days on the track to giving us the Melbourne Cup for a week. Val is our late grandfathers sister, so she is in Boga Legend with us, so it’s great to keep it in the family. 
Q: For anyone looking to get involved with race horse ownership, based on your experience what would you say to them? 
A: I’d say get involved for sure, doesn’t matter if it’s a 100% ownership or a 1% share, the thrill of a win and following your horse from go to woe is incomparable. 
- Sprinter or stayer?
- Filly or colt?
- Favourite race horse?

Boga Legend, he’s the first horse I’ve had hit the track and he’s named after our late grandfather who loved the footy and the horse races. And we all love a grey. 
- A race you’d love to win, and why?

I’d love to win the Melbourne Cup. 160 odd years of history and prestige, who wouldn’t love to win one
- What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

No one was born knowing anything. 


Nathaniel Q & A

Q: What has been your highlight or favourite memory in racing so far?
A: My favourite racing memory would have to be having my first winner a fortnight ago
with Boga Legend. An awesome feeling and one I’m glad I got to share with my family.
Q: Do you have any goals or ambitions as an owner?
A: Only to enjoy each step along the way. Percy is my first horse and we`ve only raced 4
times but it has been an awesome experience so far. Hoping for continued success, but
happy regardless.
Q: What's the meaning behind the naming of Percy (Boga Legend)?
A: Percy (Boga Legend) is named in honour of our Late Pop Noel. Pop was a huge racing
enthusiast, loved the races and a punt! Lachlan and myself were fortunate enough to
share many a race day with Pop watching along side his sister and brother in law Valerie
and Gerry Ryan. The name Boga Legend comes from Pop. He was a president,
premiership player, life member and overall club legend of the Lake Boga Football Club
and with his love of Grey horses and Lake Boga, we came up with a fitting name of Boga
Legend. We are very fortunate to be able to share this horse with our siblings as a way to
remember our much loved Pop. An experience we won’t forget.
Q: How did you become to have horses with Mitch and what has your experience as an owner been like?
A: When we used to go the races in Melbourne, we would usually go to see one of Val and
Gerry’s Horses in Puissance De Lune. He was very unlucky to never reach the Group 1
success! His strapper was Mitch, whom Pop always spoke fondly of, especially when he
went out on his own. When we found out we had the son of Puissance, we thought it
would be fitting to send it to Mitch. A decision we certainly haven’t regretted. Mitch and
his team have been fantastic. Its our first time as owners and seeing how the industry
works is really interesting and great to be apart of. Looking forward to seeing what the
future holds for Percy and Mitch Freedman Racing.
- Sprinter or stayer?
- Filly or colt?
- Favourite race horse?
Besides Percy, it would have to be Puissance De Lune, many great memories watching him run.
- A race you’d love to win, and why?
The race I’d love to win would have to be the Melbourne Cup, truly is the race that stops the nation and would be a huge thrill and achievement.
- What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
The harder you work the “luckier” you get.

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Photo highlights this month


Mitch riding Boga Legend (Percy)


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Barrier education


Barrier education with Bloom


Barrier education with Bloom and Shelly


Mitch riding Fly Lie


Hill Track Gallop

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