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First Impression might have to wait

Wet track could thwart Caloundra Cup start for import.

POST IMPRESSIONIST winning the PRECISE AIR N E MANION CUP.
POST IMPRESSIONIST winning the PRECISE AIR N E MANION CUP. Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

Anthony and Sam Freedman surprised many when Post Impressionist appeared in the entries for this Saturday's $300,000 Caloundra Cup and while the import is among the final field, a start is not yet guaranteed.

The father/son training duo is reluctant to run the gelding, who has 60kg and barrier 16, on a particularly heavy Sunshine Coast track.

The Lloyd Williams-owned gelding has undertaken a mixture of work and rest in Queensland since his Tancred Stakes flop on March 30 and Saturday's 2400-metre Listed event fits in with a preparation that has been geared around spring.

"He's been in work up in Queensland and Lloyd basically said, 'if you're happy with him, run him in a race that you think he can run in, if not wait'," Freedman said.

"The old man's been really happy with him and the team has done a good job.

"He's fit, so he's not lacking in that department, and it looks the best form on paper – he started $2.30 in a Group 1 at his last start.

"But he probably doesn't want it really heavy and if it is really heavy he might come out."

The Sunshine Coast track was rated a Heavy 9 on Thursday morning with showers predicted through until raceday, including up to 15mm on Saturday.

A son of three-time Melbourne Cup-winning sire Teofilo, Post Impressionist created a huge reputation when a dazzling winner of the Group 3 Manion Cup (2400m) at his Australian debut, but then did not handle the seven-day back-up when last in the Tancred Stakes (2400m).

Those runs came while still in the care of William Haggas and the Freedmans are hoping to use the Caloundra Cup to get a feel for what his spring campaign might look like.

"He's a hard horse to get a ceiling on," Freedman said.

"I still maintain, if you start that price in a Group 1 you've run some numbers that people are impressed by and his win the start prior was pretty breathtaking.

"He's one of those imports that can go one way or the other. He could easily keep improving and get to a really high level."

Even if Post Impressionist comes out, the Freedmans will be represented in the Caloundra Cup with Warning set to get the chance to improve on his seventh placing in last year's edition in what could be his final start.

"The old man was buzzing after his work Tuesday, so he must have impressed him there," Freedman said.

"But he's probably on his way to retirement. We'll chat to the owners, but we've been open with them through the prep to say this was his last campaign and he's sound and well."

The Caloundra Cup will be the 47th start for the seven-year-old, who is just $3900 short of $2.5m in stakes, much of which was contributed by his win in the 2019 Victoria Derby.


Racing and Sports

Sunshine Coast

Saturday, 06th July 2024

8
02:45 ET

WISHLIST CALOUNDRA CUP (LR)

WT: 117lbs Type: Qlty Fastest Time: 2:29.26 Zoumon 01 Jul 2023 Qlty SOT:G
1 ½ m TURF HEAVY 10
8
02:45
(local)
AUD $300,000
1 ½ m HEAVY 10

WISHLIST CALOUNDRA CUP (LR)

WT: 117lbs Type: Qlty Fastest Time: 2:29.26 Zoumon 01 Jul 2023 Qlty SOT:G
Tab
Form
Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
BP
Trainer
WT
1
x0621
ALEGRON (AUS) 5yo G
TEOFILO (IRE) - ALEGRIA (AUS)
RACHEL KING
5
BJORN BAKER
60kg

Sales Information

2
31710
HEZASHOCKA (NZ) 6yo G
SHOCKING (AUS) - SHEZAKIWI (NZ)
VLAD DURIC
8
MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT JNR
60kg

Sales Information

3
1x18x
POST IMPRESSIONIST (IRE) 5yo G
TEOFILO (IRE) - ISLAND REMEDE (GB)
RYAN MALONEY
15
A & S FREEDMAN
60kg

Sales Information

4
4x550
LUNCIES (GB) 7yo G
IFFRAAJ (GB) - UNDER THE RAINBOW (GB)
MICHAEL RODD
10
KRIS LEES
59.5kg

Sales Information

5
x2423
KNIGHT'S CHOICE (AUS) 4yo G
EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) - MIDNIGHT PEARL (AUS)
ROBBIE DOLAN
4
J G SYMONS & S LAXON
59kg

Sales Information

6
40x08
ZOUMON (AUS) 5yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - MONBLUE (GB)
JAMES ORMAN
9
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
59kg

Sales Information

7
0x984
WARNING (AUS) 7yo G
DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) - LIVIA (AUS)
DAMIEN THORNTON
13
A & S FREEDMAN
54.5kg

Sales Information

8
75364
DUNE FORTY FIVE (AUS) 6yo G
AMERICAIN (USA) - CANDICE (AUS)
RON STEWART
7
ROBERT HEATHCOTE
54kg
9
86x06
PORT PHILIP (IRE) 6yo G
CAMELOT (GB) - AYMARA (GB)
JIM BYRNE
11
MARCUS WILSON
54kg

Sales Information

10
284x8
POINT KING (IRE) 5yo G
ZOFFANY (IRE) - LOVED (IRE)
KYLE WILSON-TAYLOR
8
KRIS LEES
53kg

Sales Information

11
82187
WARP SPEED (AUS) 7yo G
STAR WITNESS (AUS) - PRIZED GEM (NZ)
ANGELA JONES
12
MARK GOODWIN
53kg
12
12078
TAPILDOODLEDO (NZ) 4yo G
PROISIR (AUS) - MRS TAPPY (NZ)
MS NIKITA BERIMAN
6
KERRY TAPLIN
53kg
13
73725
BROOKHAVEN (AUS) 4yo G
SPIETH (NZ) - LIGHTENS (AUS)
SAMANTHA COLLETT
7
CHRIS MUNCE
53kg

Sales Information

14
87500
TAPPY'S LAD (NZ) 6yo G
PROISIR (AUS) - TAPINSKY (NZ)
MICHEAL HELLYER
1
KERRY TAPLIN
53kg

Sales Information

15
x9244
MISSION OF LOVE (AUS) 4yo M
THE MISSION (AUS) - HANAAN (AUS)
JAKE BAYLISS
3
J G SYMONS & S LAXON
53kg

Sales Information

16
72218
PERSEVERE (AUS) 5yo G
MEDAGLIA D'ORO (USA) - POP A BOTTLE (AUS)
CEJAY GRAHAM
10
KRISTIE CLARK & LOUIS PEOPLES
53kg

Sales Information

17
52154
TAVISTORM (NZ) 5yo G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - BRITISH DAME (NZ)
CODY COLLIS
2
STUART KENDRICK
53kg

Sales Information