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Freedman Warming To Our Ivanhowe
Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman is expecting a bold showing from German-bred stayer Our Ivanhowe in tomorrow's Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. The 6YO son of Soldier Hollow resumed with a slightly unlucky fifth (beaten 2.5 lengths) behind Godolphin galloper Bow Creek in the Gr2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield two weeks ago, and Freedman feels he has taken plenty of benefit from the run. "He sort of lived up to our expectations leading into that race," Freedman told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "We thought he would run very well. It was his first start at weight-for-age in this country. He's been a good set weight horse in Europe, so he's starting to get into the races now that should really suit him like the Australian Cup and the BMW." Freedman acknowledges that Bow Creek is the horse to beat in the $1.5 million feature, but is quietly confident that Our Ivanhowe can turn the tables with the right run. "I'd like a bit more rain because some of his best form has been on rain affected tracks," he said. "Certainly I think Bow Creek is a very decent horse; he ran well the other day, but I didn't see anything in my horse's run that didn't suggest he could match with him. And I really think Flemington is my horse's kind of track too." Formerly trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho, Our Ivanhowe is a dual Gr1 winner of the Grosser Preis von Bayern (2400m) and Grosser Preis von Bayern, in which he defeated subsequent German Derby winner Sea The Moon. Testament to Our Ivanhowe's class is the fact that he polled third behind Sea The Moon and Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in Germany's Horse of the Year award last year.