Singapore-based trainer Michael Freedman has announced that he will return to Australia and set up a new training operation in Sydney in 2016.
Freedman – the youngest brother the Freedman clan that includes Hall Of Fame trainer Lee Freedman, his current training partner Anthony Freedman and media personality Richard Freedman – made the decision to move to Singapore in 2007 and he quickly established himself as one of the leading trainers in the jurisdiction.
The talented trainer returned to Australia during the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival with star Singapore two-year-old Super One, who was disappointing in both the Apache Cat Classic and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), and he announced in a statement that he would make the move full-time to Rosehill Gardens in March of 2016.
“After eight successful years training in Singapore, my family and I have decided it is now time to return home to Australia to continue my training career,” Freedman said in a statement.
“I am looking to start operating out of my new complex at Rosehill in early March 2016.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Singapore and would like to thank the Singapore Turf Club for giving me the opportunity.
“I am very excited about the new challenge that lies ahead and am looking forward to developing my business with both old and new clients, commencing at the upcoming Magic Millions yearling sales on the Gold Coast in early January.
“The 2016 yearling sales season will be a priority to build the stable and I look forward to inquiries from anyone interested in becoming part of the stable.”
Freedman recorded his first Group 1 win in Singapore when Cheyenne Dancer took out the 2009 edition of the Raffles Cup, but he has his most success with New Zealand import Super Easy.
Super Easy worked his way through the grades in Singapore in impressive fashion and at one stage he recorded 11 wins on the trot, including the Group 1 Singapore Guineas (1600m), and he went on to take out the Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m) and Group 1 Patron’s Bowl (1600m) before he was retired to Hallmark Stud in New Zealand.
Freedman also took out the Raffles Cup with Always Certain in 2011 and Super Ninetyseven in 2013 before he claimed the biggest victory of his career when Tropaios was successful in the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup (2200m).