Monday, 18 March 2019
Of Debt can end a long run of outs for Victorian-bred colts in the
Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill this Saturday.
Lad (Bletchingly) was the last Victorian-bred colt to win the Golden
Slipper way back in 1990. He was bred by the late Alec Dodson and went
on to carve out a successful career at stud siring 55 stakes winners
before being pensioned in 2011.
Free Of Debt (Unencumbered) was
bred in Victoria’s north-east at Greta West Stud and is already assured
of a start at stud after being purchased by Aquis Farm last month. He
has settled in perfectly since arriving in Sydney and trainer Chris Bieg
can’t wait until the world’s richest juvenile race.
everything right and handled the travel well,” Bieg said on Sunday.
“We’re stabled with Gerald Ryan here at Rosehill and the facilities are
fantastic for keeping him nice and dry while enjoying the undercover
Free Of Debt won his first two starts at Morphettville
and Flemington before a brave third in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at
Caulfield. "He was the first colt home in the Blue Diamond after
carting them up in the straight,” Bieg said. “A wet track shouldn’t be a
problem, either. He won a trial by three lengths on a Soft 7 at
Randwick last week and I’m really excited with how well he pulled up.”
West studmaster Laurie McCarthy is also counting down to the Golden
Slipper although he may have to listen through ear-phones as it clashes
with a wedding in Geelong. “He was a nice foal and developed into a
strong yearling for last year’s Adelaide Magic Millions. But
Unencumbered had sired just one or two winners at that stage and he only
McCarthy has a Keep The Faith half-sister to Free
Of Debt catalogued as Lot 141 through Bucklee Farm for the Inglis Gold
Yearling Sale at Oaklands on April 30. He also has a Master Of Design
filly on the ground from their dam Stagerush (Giant's Causeway).
was a Sandown winner for Limerick Lane’s Gerry Ryan and he sold her as a
broodmare prospect to Greta West for $22,000 at the 2009 Inglis Great
Southern Sale. McCarthy gave her a year off this season and, win, lose
or draw this Saturday, he can expect to trade up to a high-profile
stallion come September.
FREE OF DEBT