Classy four-year-old Free Wheeling (Ad Valorem – Miss Carefree, by Last Tycoon) had little trouble in posting his third stakes victory in Wednesday’s Caulfield Village Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Free Wheeling claimed the Group 2 Champagne Stakes (1200m) in Brisbane in his juvenile season before easily winning the Listed Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) as a three-year-old.
Free Wheeling raced handy to the speed in the Caulfield Village Stakes before his acceleration proved too much for his opposition to handle late in the race. Interestingly, star Sydney rider Hugh Bowman has partnered Free Wheeling to his three wins rather than Darley’s retained rider Kerrin McEvoy.
Free Wheelinig’s trainer Peter Snowden said the team had Group 1 plans for the entire if he continues his current progress in his current preparation.
“Our main aim was the last day of the Cup carnival, the Group 1 race there (Emirates Stakes),” Snowden said. “There is a 1400-metre race there (Flemington) in a fortnight and the following week is the mile.”
“He is a nice horse that has always shown good ability but I think this time around we will see the best of him.”
Free Wheeling is one of seven stakes winners sired by Ad Valorem (Danzig – Classy Women, by Relaunch), who stands for $16,500 at Darley’s Kelvinside property.
Darley sires quinellaed the race after Lonhro (Octagonal – Shadea, by Straight Strike) gelding Petman (Lonhro – Gift Bouquet, by King’s High) stuck on well after leading.