Richard and Will Freedman have Noble Legend ready to win at Goulburn

The colors of Everest hero Classique Legend should fly high and early in Goulburn on Friday courtesy of Richard and Will Freedman-trained gelding Noble Legend.

The upcoming four-year-old gelding has shown glimpses of talent in his only two starts to date.

The Bon Ho-owned galloper performed well above his starting price of $26 on his Hawkesbury debut on June 30, finishing close-up in fourth.

A step up in both distance and class saw Noble Legend finish third two weeks later when he contested a minor but ultimately selected six-horse affair in the midweek.

Runner up on the day, Miyoshi franked the Noble Legend form by winning at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Noble Legend was brought down by trainer John Sadler who performed for Bon Ho for the princely sum of $650,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in 2020.

“Bon originally handed Noble Legend over to Will because he just didn’t shoot Victoria,” explained Richard Freedman.

“He had a test there and finished in last twenty lengths.

“(With) the different atmosphere and the different methods and manners, he’s starting to get good.

“He is an absolutely beautiful horse, a stunningly beautiful horse.

“He’s just very timid and it just took him forever to build his confidence so he could canter. He started putting it together and finding out that racing isn’t that bad.”

Aside from his obvious good looks, the other reason Noble Legend costs so much as a yearling is his world-class pedigree.

His dam is Dimenticata who was a Listed winner and runner-up in the Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas.

A granddaughter of Danehill, Dimenticata, arrived in Australia in December 2017, in foal to the Japanese champion racehorse and sire, Lord Kanaloa.

That resulting foal was Noble Legend, born on August 22 at the Arrowfield Stud.

The Freedman’s second runner at Goulburn on Friday is Yasamine, who gave birth five days earlier and not far from Arrowfield.

Yasamine is branded with a ‘V’ meaning she was born at Vinery Stud, whose colors she will wear for the sixth time in a row when she appears in the Aaron Grant Benchmark 58 Handicap (1300m).

“She’s another who is mentally and physically still probably 12 months away,” Freedman said.

“I know she’s turning four, but she’s still a long way from where she could be.”

That said, Yasamine possessed enough raw power to win on debut, more importantly, on her one and only visit to Goulburn for Friday.

“I don’t think it was a very strong field,” Freedman warned.

“She will be a nice big stud once she’s done racing.”

With a few obvious exceptions, Yasamine will be as royally bred as any mare in the Vinery harem.

For starters, she belongs to their tough stallion, More Than Ready, who shuttled from Kentucky to Scone for 18 consecutive seasons.

Among the 216 winners of the stallion’s worldwide stakes are Golden Slipper winners Sebring and Phelan Ready, as well as John Singleton’s eight-time Group 1 winner, More Joyous.

LUCY STARTS A BIG WEEKEND FOR CURTIS AND COOK PARTNERSHIP

Lee and Cherie Curtis, along with prominent owner/breeders Francis and Christine Cook, will approach the back-to-back winners from Friday in Goulburn before heading to Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The Cook’s aren’t the only owners of Goulburn-bound I Love Lucy of Rosehill Gardens contestant Dalchini, but both will be wearing their ubiquitous Mystery Down silks.

I Love Lucy, who started her career with a failed tilt at the 2020 Gimcrack Stakes, arrives in excellent form ahead of her Brad Writer Constructions Handicap (1000m).

Maurice’s daughter confused her rivals when she won at Scone during her most recent appearance on July 9.

Importantly, given the expected wet conditions at Goulburn, I Love Lucy’s win in the country’s horse capital was over a Heavy 9.

“They call her a daisy-cutter type,” Cherie Curtis said.

“She’s a small filly with a bit of a short stride, which works well on wet roads, so I think it suits her.

“We didn’t know we were going to Scone, but she had absolutely no problems with it.”

I love Lucy’s many supporters will be happy to hear that Curtis doesn’t foresee any problems with the filly’s wide draw either.

“I think she’s got enough speed to cross them,” Curtis said.

“She’s pretty fast, unless something wants to kick her, you let her go, but dare I say she’ll just jump and run.”

I Love Lucy is developing a neat resume.

A winner of $60,530 in her 10 starts, the flashy chestnut has won twice and placed three times.

“She’s so honest,” Curtis said.

“Like I said, she’s only a little girl, but she has a huge heart.

“Jay Ford said she is the epitome of a racehorse. She just wants to do it and is there for you; she is trying her best.”

Meanwhile, at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, the vastly underrated Dalchini will be racing for the first time since her barnstorming second in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas on April 30.

“She shouldn’t be underestimated, because she’s pretty good,” Curtis said.

“She burns the turf in her work.”

Originally published as Goulburn preview: Freedman’s patience to pay off with a more confident Noble Legend

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