Free Of Debt is about to contest his first Group 1 in additional than two years after a return to successful type at Morphettville.
Greater than two years since his final crack at a Group 1, Free Of Debt will return to the best stage of racing after successful his approach into The Goodwood with a daring efficiency within the Group 3 D C McKay Stakes at Morphettville.
After a tough patch through the center of his profession, Chris Bieg’s sprinter is having fun with a second wind, rediscovering the kind of type that noticed him run third within the 2019 Blue Diamond.
Free Of Debt confirmed there was nonetheless one thing within the tank final prep, successful three races – together with the Listed Wylie Handicap – however his first-up effort on Saturday exhibits he’s gone to a different stage.
Taking over a robust area, jockey Dom Tourneur settled the five-year-old within the field seat and he relished the average tempo set by Savotoxl.
When requested for an effort within the straight, Free Of Debt ($26) responded in fashion, sticking his neck out to beat Savotoxl ($14) and The Inferno ($10).
“To get him from where he was – competing at Group 1 level as a two-year-old to back now as a five-year-old, again in Group company, is amazing,” Bieg stated.
“In two weeks time there’s a pretty handy Group 1 coming up here on his home track and he’ll be there and he’s going to have a crack.”
Tourneur stated he took benefit of the best way the race unfolded.
“We bounced and got there easy and then I was happy enough to let Savotoxl cross me but Barend (Vorster) really softened the sectionals up and probably took half the field out of play,” he stated.
“I knew halfway down the stretch that he was going to keep pinning his ears back and he really dug deep and had a go.”
Of the backmarkers, three-time Group 1-winner Behemoth put in the very best Goodwood trial, hit the road properly to solely be overwhelmed 1¼ lengths whereas carrying 62kg.
In the meantime, Richard and Chantelle Jolly stored their distinctive type rolling with gifted filly Aitch Two Oh taking out the Listed With out Worry Stakes.
The 2-year-old, a $2.15 favorite, edged out Peter Moody’s debutant Profitable Revolution, to increase the secure’s successful streak to 10 metropolitan conferences in a row.
Aitch Two Oh will now both go for a spell or tackle stablemate See You In Heaven within the Group 3 David Coles Stakes in a fortnight.
“You can’t separate them forever and the next one is a Group 3 race, they’re probably going to have to meet again,” Richard Jolly stated.
“It’s great to have these fillies winning these races – it really puts value on them. That was her race for the keeping today.”
Mark Kavanagh received the Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes (1200m) for a fifth time – the primary in partnership with son Levi – as Seradess led from go to whoa.
Craig Williams managed the race from the entrance, getting away with an inexpensive center sectional, turning it right into a sit and dash and the three-year-old filly was too good.
It accomplished an enormous day for the star jockey, who additionally tasted success aboard Splendiferous within the Listed Port Adelaide Cup and the Symon Wilde-prepared Masks Up.
The Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Silent Sovereign received the day’s different characteristic, the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes.
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