The new training combination of Lee Freedman and Graeme Rogerson will be heading to Scone on Saturday in search of their first winner together when they saddle up top class race mare Lady Lynette.
The winner of fourteen races and over $1m in prizemoney, Lady Lynette was purchased by Gerry Harvey for $270,000 and handed over to Freedman and Rogerson to prepare.
And a possible tilt at the feature races in Brisbane over the Winter Carnival is on the cards with the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 23 looking the likely target if she gets through Scone okay.
Hungry for their first winner, the pair have had only a handful of starters since the training partnership was ratified by Racing New South Wales last week and would love to win the Listed $200,000 Coolmore Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) with Lady Lynette.
“I’ve had her going for about a month since the sale now and she’s good, she’s great,” Freedman said.
“She’s a very good mare. She still loves going out to work every morning and she’s a good doer.”
“It’s always difficult when a horse changes stables but I feel she’s done that very well but she’s had experience with that in the past going to and from Robert (Smerdon) and Dave (Brunton). She’s very adaptable”.
“I suppose she could have her work cut out with the weight from the gate on Saturday but she’s going good. I just wish she had 58 and barrier six.”
The job has been made slightly harder, having to carry 60kg and jump from the outside of the fourteen horse field, but top jockey Steven Arnold will no doubt work his magic and give the mare a beautiful run.
Lady Lynette hasn’t raced since finishing second to Spirit Song in the Group 2 $200,000 Sportingbet Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 23 after being first past the post and loosing the race on protest after a very controversial decision from the stewards.
Nash Rawiller on second past the post Spirit Song threw in an objection against Michael Guthrie on Lady Lynette for interference his mare suffered at the 1200m and the Stewards agreed and reversed the placings.
The seven year old mare’s last win was three starts back when she scored narrowly as favourite in the Listed $100,000 Carlton Draught Vamos Stakes (1400m) at Launceston on February 15.
The Group 2 $200,000 Blazer Stakes (1400m) for mares at Flemington in October last year is one of her best wins and she has been placed in Group 1 company when second to Typhoon Tracey in the 2009 $500,000 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington over the Melbourne Cup carnival.
Lady Lynette is currently at $13 for the Dark Jewel Classic at Scone behind the Gai Waterhouse trained More Strawberries ($4.60) and Peter Snowden’s Shannara ($4.60) who are fighting out favouritism.