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  • Writer's pictureJohn Curtis


SUNDAY: November 13, 2022: TWO runners, both three-year-olds by the same stallion and who were sold at the same yearling sale, and ridden by the same jockey.

And both trialled the same day in preparation for their resumption.

It all added up to Randwick trainer Michael Freedman clinching a double at yesterday’s TAB fixture at Bathurst to boost to four the number of winners prepared at his second stable at Hawkesbury so far this season.

Freedman won the Maiden Plate (1100m) with Tee Cee Tiger ($3.60), and the Maiden Handicap (1300m) with Pagato ($7.50).

His apprentice Qin Yong rode both horses.

“Qin has been with me since April, and is based at our Hawkesbury stable,” Freedman said today.

Both Freedman winners were sired by Pariah, and are products of the 2021 Inglis Classic yearling sale in Sydney.

Tee Cee Tiger, a filly, fetched $65,000, and Pagato, a gelding, cost $75,000.

The Freedman pair had not raced since July and contested separate trials at Hawkesbury on October 17.

Having her fifth start, Tee Cee Tiger beat Ohana Joy ($13) and Dimitar ($16) in the Maiden Plate.

She had not been placed in four previous starts; her closest result being a fifth to The Leopard’s Tale in a 900m Maiden Plate at Newcastle on June 11.

Tee Cee Tiger finished fourth in a 760m trial at Hawkesbury on October 17 after tailing the field home at Goulburn on July 18 on a heavy track.

Pagato defeated Fear Index ($3.90) and $101 roughie, fellow Hawkesbury trainer’s Marc Chevalier’s The Numerol, in the Maiden Handicap at only his third start.

He had been placed at his previous appearance at Gosford on July 23 in an 1100m Maiden on a heavy track.

But he had to survive a protest lodged on behalf of the runner-up Fear Index before officially being declared the winner.

Whereas Tee Cee Tiger’s dam, the now deceased Pierro mare Santarelli, was unsuccessful from two starts in Victoria, Pagato’s dam Gesemi was a six-times winner in New Zealand.

Freedman’s earlier winners this season from his Hawkesbury barn were Communist at Newcastle on September 16 and Prize Draw at Muswellbrook on October 17.

His Bathurst double and Brad Widdup’s Newcastle success yesterday with debutante Fire Lane boosted the number of winners trained at Hawkesbury this season to 54.

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