Freedman’s Fanjura Out To End Winning Drought

By: Sarah Fortnum
May 26th, 2011

Fanjura will look for their first win in over a year at the Premier's Cup

Lee Freedman is hoping that Fanjura will be able to provide his first win for the trainer in over a year in this Saturday’s Premier’s Cup at Doomben.

The six-year-old gelding finished ninth in his last start in the Listed Scone Cup, a result that greatly disappointed Freedman.

“It was pretty disappointing,” he said.

“Hugh (Bowman) got off and apologized and said he should nearly have won the race so he basically went around and had a barrier trial at Scone.”

Apart from his ninth place finish in the Scone Cup, Fanjura has consistently placed in the top four throughout his preparation, but has been unable to snare victory since April last year.

“He ran a great race in the Blamey, drew awkwardly in the Albury Cup and really didn’t get into the race until the last bit,” Freedman said.

“Then Niwot beat him at Flemington when we sat on a very hot pace and it’s gone on and won at black type level.

“He was then beaten a nose in (this year’s) Easter Cup.

“Then of course was Scone where he was terribly unlucky.”

Freedman is hoping that Fanjura will get the chance to fully demonstrate his ability his weekend, feeling the Marju gelding is in need of some good fortune.

“The horse is due for a change of luck,” Freedman said.

Fanjura, who originally race in the United Kingdom, has won six of his 24 career starts.

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