Right season for Forbidden Love

An underwhelming spring will be forgiven if Forbidden Love can bounce back to her best.

Michael Freedman is approaching Forbidden Love's upcoming campaign with cautious optimism, hoping she replicates past seasons by saving her best performances for the autumn. 

With the exception of her three-year-old year, the mare's form has tended to dip in the spring, including last preparation when she failed to place in five runs. 

She raced similarly 12 months earlier when her only top-three finish came in The Invitation but returned in the autumn to post a hat-trick of brilliant wins, highlighted by her Group 1 triumphs in the Canterbury and George Ryder Stakes. 

Buoyed by a sharp barrier trial performance, Freedman is banking on Forbidden Love producing a similar form turnaround when she kicks off her latest preparation in Saturday's Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill. 

"Trials are one thing and races can be very different, but it was encouraging to see her do it and want to do it," Freedman said. 

"The previous year she had a bit of an indifferent spring and then came out and really found her form in the autumn. 

"We're hoping that is going to be the same scenario this time around." 

The Australian Turf Club initially received just four entries for the Expressway Stakes, that number swelling to 18 when nominations were extended before a final field of nine was paid up for on Wednesday. 

Forbidden Love will be vying to go one better than her second to Overpass in the corresponding race 12 months ago and is a $2.60 second favourite behind Godolphin colt Golden Mile ($2.15 fav) 

The Caulfield Guineas winner will be looking to continue the recent success of three-year-olds in the Expressway with the age group taking out three of the past five renewals and Freedman views him as the hardest to beat. 

"Golden Mile is the boom young horse but they've got to be able to come back and show they can do it at weight-for-age, as opposed to set weights against their own age groups," he said. 

"But he is obviously a very promising young horse and he will be the testing material." 

Mariamia at $5.50 is the only other Expressway Stakes runner at single-figure odds with four of the nine starters rated $51 and longer. 

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