ANTHONY & LEE

ANTHONY FREEDMAN

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Anthony

Born: March 20, 1964

Anthony is the third eldest of racing's famous Freedman brothers. He has been in integral part of the vast Freedman Racing operation since the mid-1980s.

After Anthony completed Year 12 at Canberra Grammar, he joined his brothers Lee and Richard, as an assistant, at Warwick Farm in 1983. He was part of the move to Melbourne, training out of Flemington, in 1984.

Lee held the licence but the brothers worked as a team. A few years later, youngest brother, Michael, join the team.

Late in 1992, Anthony pioneered the Freedman brothers' first foray interstate, when he opened a stable at Randwick. In that first year in Sydney, Anthony (under Lee's licence) prepared Bint Marscay to win the 1993 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill.

Anthony, who has a keen eye for a yearling, is heavily involved in the yearling sale inspection process. It was Anthony who selected and bought Naturalism as a yearling for only $35,000. And he also selected Mummify ($60,000) and True Glo ($40,000) out of the Adelaide Sales.

Since the move to Markdel, Anthony has worked in partnership with Lee - specialising in the development of the two-year-olds - until Lee decided to hand in his licence in August 2011. Freedman Racing had produced 124 Group 1 winners, starting with Miss Clipper, who won the first in 1986. The record included five Melbourne Cups, four Caulfield Cups, four Golden Slippers, two Cox Plates, eight Derbys, 11 Oaks, three Newmarket Handicaps and seven Victorian Metropolitan Trainer's Premierships.

Anthony has been head trainer at Markdel since the start of the 2011-2012 season, and almost gave the brothers their sixth Melbourne Cup winner when Lucas Cranach finished a game third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup behind Dunaden.

Anthony trained his first official Group 1 winner when Mawingo won the 2012 Doomben Cup at Doomben, in Brisbane, on May 19. He finished his first season as trainer at Markdel with the impressive record of 40 city winners (49 provincial), four Group wins and eight Listed wins at the healthy strike rate of 15.6 per cent.

Anthony formed Anthony Freedman Racing at the start of the 2012-2013 racing season.

Anthony is married to Melissa. They have three children, Charlie, Matilda and Sam.

Lee FREEDMAN

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Lee

Born August 12, 1956

Lee Freedman was born be involved in racing.

His father Tony was a property developer, owner and part-time trainer, while his great-grandfather, on his father's maternal side, Bill "Midge" McLachlan was a champion international jockey who won three Melbourne Cups - Prince Foote (1909), Comedy King (1910) and Westcourt (1917).

Lee's serious involvement with horses came in 1970, at the age of 14, when his father, on medical advice after a heart attack, opted for a healthier lifestyle away from Sydney by purchasing the Yass farm, Hardwicke Stud.

Freedman boarded at Scots College in Sydney where he captained the swimming team, but his involvement in the day-to-day running of the family business became a passion.

The stud stood a number of good stallions, including Loosen Up (sire of champion Better Loosen Up) and former Melbourne galloper Demus.

Freedman, after failing to complete a university course, ventured overseas to learn more about the racing game, spending a season at the famed Claiborne Stud as a veterinary assistant.

While it is generally reported that Freedman's first winner as a trainer was the cast-off galloper, Sitting Bull (often said to be at Canberra in 1983) – it wasn’t because Sitting Bull, who was backed from 16s to 5/2 to win at Canberra on November 18, 1979, was officially trained by Lee's father Tony.

Freedman's first official winner as an owner-trainer was Blockade at the Gold Coast in May, 1983.

Later in 1983, Freedman, who was training a small team on the Gold Coast, gained his full licence, which allowed him to move to Warwick Farm.

Attempts to get boxes at Randwick failed, resulting in Freedman and his younger brothers, Richard and Anthony, on the advice of his father, moving to stables in Ascot Vale in Victoria, opposite the Flemington racecourse. Unfortunately, Tony Freedman died shortly after the move, leaving the family with some financial problems to overcome.

Freedman soon made his mark in Melbourne, especially through the deeds of a quality young mare named Sauna. The sale of Sauna and Hobart Cup winner Brisque to America helped finance the expansion of the Freedman brothers' enterprise to an extra stable complex at Flemington and a pre-training centre at Avenel, formerly Malabar Park, but renamed Brackley Park.

In 1986, Miss Clipper won the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville, giving Freedman his first Group 1 winner.

Two year's later, Tawrrific was Freedman's first Melbourne Cup runner, finishing 12th behind Empire Rose. The young trainer made the point that he was watching the every move of master trainer Bart Cummings in his preparation of stayers.

In 1989, Tawrrific beat stablemate Super Impose in the Melbourne Cup - Freedman cites it as his most memorable moment in racing. "It gave my career a huge kick and opened a lot of doors."

But it was Super Impose who gave Freedman his biggest thrills in those early days at Flemington. The great chestnut set racing abuzz when he lumped big weights to win the Doncaster-Epsom double at Randwick in 1991 and again in 1992.

Freedman and his brothers continued to expand. Youngest brother Michael came into the business and stables were opened at Epsom as private trainer for Floyd Podgornik, but closed in 1993 after is death. The Freedmans moved to Geoff Murphy's vacant stables at Caulfield, run by Richard, while Anthony set up a satellite stable at Randwick in Sydney.

He had a huge 1992-93 season, winning the Melbourne spring treble - the Caulfield Cup (Mannerism), Cox Plate (Super Impose) and Subzero gave him his second Melbourne Cup.

Bint Marscay was trained out of Sydney (run by Anthony) in 1993 to win the first of Freedman's four consecutive Golden Slippers. He also won with Danzero, Flying Spur and Merlene.

Freedman continued his wonderful run with horses like Mahogany, Durbridge and Doriemus, who won Freedman his third Melbourne Cup in 1995 after winning the Caulfield Cup the same year.

In 1996, Freedman made the dramatic decision to closed Flemington and moved to new stables at Caulfield. 

While the Caulfield complex was state-of-the-art and Freedman trained many winners, he failed to have the same impact he had at Flemington. Winning the 2002 AJC Australian Derby with the southern hemisphere's costliest yearling Don Eduardo (NZ $3.6 million) was a memorable triumph during his Caulfield days.

Even so, Freedman was in a lean period and a restructure was needed to re-ignite both his enthusiasm and the business. Apart from buying and developing part of Muranna Stud, Balnarring, into spelling and pre-training centre, he took the risky decision to move "off course" and in 2002 to establish his own training centre at St. Andrews, near Rye on the Mornington Peninsula sand belt, adjoining Moonah Links Golf Resort.

Brothers Richard and Michael moved from the training side of the business to establish their own careers in the media and golf course construction, leaving Lee and Anthony to run the new farm, Markdel - named after their oldest brother Mark and mother Del.

Freedman's new venture produced immediate results through the deeds of Mummify (Caulfield Cup), Special Harmony (VRC Oaks) and the champion filly Alinghi (Blue Diamond Stakes, Newmarket Handicap).

David Hall's move to Hong Kong in 2004 saw Freedman take over the training 2003 Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva - he trained wonder mare to win another two Melbourne Cups, a Cox Plate, Australian Cup and a BMW Stakes.

Freedman's tally of five Melbourne Cup wins sees him equal with Etienne de Mestre, second only to his idol Bart Cummings (12).

In 2005, Mummify's win in the Group 1 Singapore International Stakes (2000m) at Kranji is Freedman's first international success as a trainer. In 2006, he campaigned a horse in Europe for the first time with Falkirk, finishing fourth in the Group 2 Kings Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot.

It was Mummify who gave Freedman his 100th Group 1 winner when he won the 2004 Yalumba Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 9.

Until Makybe Diva, Freedman regarded his best horses as Super Impose (four successive Randwick miles) and Schillaci (champion sprinter), just ahead of Naturalism and Alinghi. But he also has trained, apart from those already mentioned, wonderful horses including Poetic King, Mahogany, Mannerism, Paris Lane, Durbridge, Danelagh, Don Eduardo, Gold Ace, Serenade Rose, Kensington Palace and Benicio.

Freedman personally broke new ground on June 19, 2007, when his outstanding sprinting mare Miss Andretti won the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot, providing Freedman with his first European winner. "I have been waiting all my life for this, it means a lot to me," he said in an emotional moment after Miss Andretti crossed the line. Miss Andretti, who won four Group 1 races for the season in Australia, went on to give the Freedman stable his fourth Australian Champion Racehorse title, after horses he has trained won the previous two titles - Makybe Diva (2004-05, 2005-06) and Mahogany (1993-94).

It was fitting that Freedman's first Group win in Europe was in front of the Queen at Royal Ascot, as Midge McLachlan and his son "Young Bill" left Australia in 1922 to ride in England, where Young Bill became the first Australian jockey to ride for the British Royal Family. The McLachlans won races at Royal Ascot.

Freedman was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 2003 at the age of 46.

He retired from training at the end of the 2010-11 season; returned for a short stint in a partnership with Graeme Rogerson in Sydney. He returned to training in partnership with Anthony in November 2014.

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