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Freedman father and son team learning from each other

11 October 2018 4:02 AM
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The next generation Freedman, Sam, who is looking to carry on one of racing’s more famous names, like his cousin Will at uncle Richard’s Rosehill stable, is working. Shoals has swum and Santa Ana Lane has just finished.

“Good luck on Saturday,” Freedman’s old friend says as he walks off with horse in tow.

Freedman has been here before, maybe not at front of house, but for five Melbourne Cups and all the success of the Freedman brothers, he was there. Lee was the trainer but Anthony, Richard and Michael played their roles. Anthony always preferred to work with the horses.

“I like watching them work and staying out of the way,” Anthony said. "That's what is good down the farm [in Mornington], it's just the horses there.

“It worked well back then because we all were happy in our jobs. I was happy to be a trainer [even if Lee's name was in the book].

“Even when I was with Lee [in a training partnership] he was our front man doing the interviews. The background suited me.”

That is changing now. Anthony, who has been around the stables for 35 years, is out on his own as the trainer and he is learning from his son.

“He pushes me,” Anthony said. “He see things differently and wants to get out there a bit more.

“It isn’t something I have done. He gets me to things where I have to wear a suit, I would rather be with the horses.”

Preparing winners isn’t enough these days; there is communication with owners and media calls needed to build the business. Sam is better at that than dad.

“We have to make sure everyone knows what’s going on,” Sam said. “Talking to owners, making sure they are happy, is as important as anything else.”

Sam runs a website and is keen on the communication side of the business, making sure horses continue to come through the door. That's on top of working the stable and often being the face of the operation at the races.

“It’s patience,” Anthony said. “We don’t push too hard, if they need a break they need a break.”

Funnily enough the father-son team traces it origin back to Makybe Diva’s third Melbourne Cup in 2005. It is when the racing bug bit Sam.

“He came that day, pretty good day to go to your first Melbourne Cup, and from then on he wanted to be around the stables,” Anthony said.

“I’m very proud of him, it’s early days with this. But I’m proud of him.

Sam Freedman is now a 22-year-old and has had a couple of years working with Roger Varian in England. That’s where the Pommy accent might have come from.


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