Racing

Nowyousee wins on third try for Freedman

Four-time winner now looking at a Kranji Stakes B race next month

It was third-time lucky with Nowyousee for trainer Lee Freedman, who took over the horse from Ricardo Le Grange earlier in the year.

After resuming from a short break in late March, Nowyousee finished second twice under Freedman but finally found the line for his new handler on his third try in Sunday's $80,000 Class 3 Division 1 race over the Polytrack 1,100m.

Under Le Grange, the O'Reilly four-year-old notched three wins and two placings from six starts.

On both occasions under Freedman, he started at unbackable odds and lost to Country Boss and Kiss Your Song.

But punters' faith in the Titanium Racing Stable-owned galloper had obviously not been dampened despite the two costly defeats.

Again sent off the favourite, but just a fraction more at $14, Nowyousee travelled like a winner from the moment he took the gun spot outside speedy filly Filibuster (Michael Rodd).

Turning for home, you did not need to be Monty Roberts to decide who between Filibuster and Nowyousee was striding out better.

The moment Nowyousee swept past the fading mare, the race was over.

Cousteau (Alysha Collett) and the resuming Nova Vocal (Craig Grylls) had a brief whiff of a possible upset when they tried to tack on, but they were soon left chasing shadows.

Nowyousee was off and gone by the 200m mark. The exciting galloper rolled through the line with just under five lengths to spare from Cousteau, with Nova Vocal third, a neck away.

The winning time was 1min 5sec for the Poly 1,100m.

"First-up, he had some excuses and second-up, he was beaten by that good horse (Kiss Your Song) that was taking some weight off him," said Freedman.

"I told (Titanium Racing Stable racing manager) Dean (Russell) that I've never seen him any better than today, both on his work and demeanour.

"He's a very smart horse and I may be looking at a Kranji Stakes B race in October."

The race Freedman was referring to is a Kranji Stakes B race over 1,100m on Polytrack on Oct 7.

Moor, who was in his second partnership with Nowyousee, said the plan was to put the race to bed early in the hope it would break his rivals' hearts in the process.

"If Filibuster was vulnerable at all, it would be today. So the plan was to sit outside her if she led," said the Australian jockey, who as at the double after winning the opener aboard Invincible Man.

"He's had a few runs under the belt, and we wanted him to put them to the sword early today.

"For that to happen, we had to poke him off early and use his toughness and fitness to see it through and he did in brilliant style."

With that fourth win in nine starts, Nowyousee has now taken his stakes earnings past the $210,000 mark for Jeffrey Soh's Titanium Racing Stable.

Seven races earlier, the Freedman-Titanium partnership also struck with newcomer Fire Away in the $85,000 Restricted Maiden event over the Poly 1,000m.

Ridden by Craig Grylls, the three-year-old grey Australian-bred sat in a handy fourth spot before producing a strong kick in the final 200m to beat the front-runner Gamely by 3/4 lengths.

Starting as the second favourite, Fire Away paid $15 for a win.

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