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Freedman Import To Debut In Villiers
Lee Freedman has confirmed that imported galloper Sarrasin (Monsun-Sand River, by High Chaparral) will finally make his Australian debut in Saturday's Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. Sarrasin, a winner of 2 of his 5 starts, hasn't raced since finishing runner-up in the Gr3 Prix du Lys over 2400m at Chantilly on 14 June last year. Freedman said the Villiers seemed like the perfect race to launch the 5YOs summer campaign. "It appears as though we're going to get some give in the track up there [Sydney], which would be nice for his first start in this country," the Hall of Fame trainer told racing.com. "He's been here for 12 months now and hasn't raced for 18 months so we'd like to get a run into him." He added: "The Villiers is a tough race and it's hard to say that he can be a winning chance in it but I'd be delighted if he could run well and then we could give him a little let up for the autumn." Freedman said Saraasin reminded him of a lot of Lucas Cranach who was third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup. "Being a Monsun he's going to obviously get out over a further distance than 1600 but fresh he should run a nice race," Freedman said. "He's very much in the mould of a Lucas Cranach, he's very athletic and light on his feet and not your typical dour Monsun and I think with a run under his belt it will bring him on nicely for the autumn."