First glimpse of Lee’s $3 million import Our Ivanhowe   Leave a comment

First glimpse of Lee’s $3 million import Our Ivanhowe

DUAL Group 1 German import Our Ivanhowe is two weeks away from his Australian debut after making his first public appearance with a trial at Cranbourne on Monday for Lee and Anthony Freedman.

Sold earlier this year to Australian owners including John O’Neill for a reported $3 million, the five-year-old entire finished third in the opening trial over 1190m on a track rated a soft 7.

Ridden by Damien Oliver, Our Ivanhowe, which raced overseas as Ivanhowe, worked home strongly in the trial won by half a length by Tallat from Westsouthwest.

The import was a head away in third.

Freedman said he was looking to kick-off Our Ivanhowe’s Australian campaign over 1600m in Adelaide in two weeks. A winner of five of his 10 overseas races, the son of Solider Hollow had his most recent start in the Japan Cup (2400m) in November when he finished sixth.

His new owners are hoping the horse that deprived Sea The Moon of an unbeaten record when winning the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden last September, is a cups or Cox Plate horse.

After a couple of jumpouts at Flemington, Lee Freedman was happy with the horse’s official trial on Monday.

Lee Freedman’s well-performed Group 1 import Our Ivanhowe (left). Picture: Jason Sammon

“He just came here to do what he did,” Freedman said. “And he is ready to have a race in a couple of weeks if we want to. We are looking at the set weights and penalty race in Adelaide — 1600m.”

Freedman indicated that it was unlikely Our Ivanhowe would show up over 1600m first-up, but he did run second over the distance in Germany in his first start as a two year-old in five-horse field, beaten 1.3 lengths.

His next two runs were at 2200m and the remainder at 2400m.

Ivanhowe scored his second Group 1 victory in November for trainer Jean-Pierre ­Carvalho in the Grosser Preis von Bayern.

Another of the Freedman imports, Irish horse Tom Melbourne — a close relation to 2013 Cup winner Fiorente — was bought by OTI Racing, but will miss the spring after recently suffering a minor injury

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Posted April 28, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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