Hall Of Fame trainer Lee Freedman will be searching for his sixth win in the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) when he saddles up Our Ivanhowe at Flemington on Tuesday.
Freedman who trains in partnership with his brother Anthony these days, trained his fifth winner in the Melbourne Cup when the great Makybe Diva made it a hat trick of wins in Australia’s greatest race in 2005.
Makybe Diva also won the 2004 Melbourne Cup for Freedman and his other winners in the great race were Doriemus (1995), Subzero (1992) and Tawrrific (1989)
Freedman has been building up Our Ivanhowe credentials for the tough two miler and is giving the German import a great chance of adding another Melbourne Cup trophy to his cabinet.
Our Ivanhowe has been placed at his last two starts with a second to Let’s Make A Deal in the Group 3 $300,000 The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on October 4 followed by a solid third behind Mongolian Khan and Trip To Paris in the Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 17.
“I don’t think I’ve had one for ten years,” Freedman said.
“I am really happy with him (Our Ivanhowe). He is probably a little bit of a forgotten horse. I always thought if you run a place in the Caulfield Cup and you had improvement left you go pretty good.”
“So I think he will go pretty good.”
Our Ivanhowe is rated as a $17 chance for the Melbourne Cup with Ladbrokes.com.au who have the Japanese stayer Fame Game as the $3.80 favourite.
Caulfield Cup runner up Trip To Paris is next in the betting at $8 ahead of the Chris Waller trained Preferment at $10.
Melbourne Cup market order with Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.80 Fame Game, $8 Trip To Paris, , $10 Preferment, $13 Amralah, $15 Almoonqith, Max Dynamite, Criterion, $17 Who Shot Thebarman, Bondi Beach, Hokko Brave, Our Ivanhowe, $21 Gust Of Wind, Hartnell, $26 Grand Marshall, Kingfisher, Snow Sky, Red Cadeuax, $34 Dandino, The United States, $41 Big Orange, Secret Number, Sky Hunter, $51, Quest For More, Ruling Dynasty, The Offer, $67 Havana Cooler, Prince Of Penzance, Elhaame, Excess Knowledge, $81 Zanteca, $101.Bohemian Lily, Chance To Dance.
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