Racing: Freedman’s pair excite in gallops

Racing: Freedman’s pair excite in gallops
Tim (left), finishing second on the inside to Mr Armstrong during a race held on 14 December 2012.

Two of trainer Michael Freedman's runners for Sunday - MR ARMSTRONG and KINGSDESIRE - posted good times in their separate hit-outs at Kranji in the morning on Sep 25.

MR ARMSTRONG was taken out by Manoel Nunes and he covered the 600m in 37.4 - looking sharp when he pulled up.

It was a good piece of work from the four-year-old, who certainly deserves better.

Six starts for a win, two thirds and two fourths. While it would good on any other resume, Mr Armstrong is better than that.

Mr Armstrong showed excellent potential when he won in only his second outing - beating Tim by ½ length over the 1,200m on the Polytrack.

However, he somehow didn't live up to that potential and, although he cashed in cheques in three of his next four starts, we always felt he could have done better.

That said, Mr Armstrong did run a fair race in his last outing earlier this month when third behind hot favourite Irish Rebel and Gold Run over 1,400m on the turf.

It seemed to suggest that he was running into some kind of winning form and  on Sep 25 's hit-out helped fuelled that notion.

The son of fashionable sire Dylan Thomas, Mr Armstrong tackles a Class 4 field over the mile on Sunday (Race 11) and he should be included in your calculations.

KINGSDESIRE is another who should be right in the mix when he debuts in Sunday's Class 4 race over the 1,400m (Race 3).

Taken out by Corey Brown, who incidentally will be in the saddle on Sunday, Kingsdesire breezed over the 600m in 38.4, finishing with a ton in hand.

The talented Irish-bred four-year-old by King's Best is owned by the Australian Bloodstock Stable.

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