The new training partnership of Lee Freedman and Graeme Rogerson will saddle up their first runner at Rosehill on Saturday when last start winner Mossamine steps out.
The partnership was officially verified by the Australian Turf Club yesterday after months of planning and the pair will be a new addition to the Randwick training ranks.
Racing New South Wales deputy chief Steward Greg Rudolph confirmed that the partnership has been given the go ahead.
“We received official notification from the ATC that the partnership has approval to stable and train at Randwick which was the last condition that Racing NSW required before granting the partnership,” Rudolph said.
“The first runner will be at Rosehill on Saturday.”
Freedman handed over the reins of his Markdel training complex at Rye on the Mornington Peninsula to brother Anthony in August last year after a long and successful career including five Melbourne Cups and is looking forward to his new challenge.
“I’m enjoying it. We’re having to build the stable up again from low numbers but it’s coming together well and we’re getting new horses every week, so that’s making it a very interesting job,” Freedman said.
The Hall Of Fame trainer is hoping to build the stable up to the forty mark from the twenty odd they have in work at the moment.
“I would say by the end of June into July we’ll be up around the 40 mark,” Freedman said.
Freedman will step up the operation with several runners nominated for next Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting and if Mossamine doesn’t run on Saturday because of the outside barrier, could go around next week.
The Freedman Brothers became a dominate force in Australian racing during the 1990s and won seven Victorian training premierships between 1997 and 2010 and as well as five Melbourne Cups produced the winners of almost every Group 1 race in the country as well as wins in Singapore and Royal Ascot with Miss Andretti.
Horses of the calibre of Super Impose, Mahogany, Schillaci, Natuarlism and the mighty Makybe Diva who won two Melbourne Cups and a Cox Plate for the Freedman Brothers have cemented a place in Australia’s racing history.