Anthony Freedman landed his second metropolitan double since taking over as head trainer of the stable from his brother Lee with promising types Yavanna and Typeface on Wednesday.
Yavanna, a lightly-raced Redoute’s Choice four-year-old mare, came from last to take out the Schweppes Hcp (1300m) with Ben Melham in the saddle at Sandown, while Typeface, handled by Craig Williams, was too good for his rivals in the Betfair Hcp (1300m).
Both Yavanna and Typeface, a four-year-old Elusive Quality gelding, are raced by Sheikh Mohammed who has 25 two-year-olds with the Freedman stable.
Freedman explained why the team had struck form in recent weeks since the change of direction of the successful stable.
“I’ve probably concentrated on getting them really fit,” Freedman said.
“They aren’t going to the races until they are really fit. That’s working at the moment.
“You’ve got to hold them there and you can’t overdo it but at the moment things are going okay.”
The stable also landed a double with Typeface and Zabbaya at the Sandown meeting on September 7 and has had six winners in Melbourne so far this month and 11 statewide.
Yavanna, who has won two of her three starts, is out of multiple black-type winner Wild Queen who won twice at Group Three level in the Millie Fox Stakes and the Hawkesbury Cup.
“She’s a lovely big mare and has matured now, she’s been worth waiting for,” Freedman said.
“She has a habit of missing the start which is probably going to cost her winning better races but she got away with it today.
“I suspect it was due to a problem she had behind. She’s sound now but it might be a mental thing with her.
“We’ll lift the bar with her now. At the start of this campaign I said to the Darley boys we’ll try to get her through to Listed level this spring which would be a good result and in the autumn we might be able to get her to something better.
“I think she’ll get a mile (1600m)-plus, her mother was a good mare and she got middle distances.”
Freedman said the slight bit of jar out of the dead (5) rated track was perfect for Typeface who has won four of his 10 starts.