Our Ivanhowe winning the Doomben Cup (Image: Trackside Photography)
Lee Freedman is now considering the Makybe Diva Stakes as a first-up option for Our Ivanhowe after the German import impressed in a Flemington jumpout on Thursday morning.
Our Ivanhowe settled off the pace early before working strongly through the line over 1200m, drawing away from his rivals, many of whom only really galloped over 800m.
And while the Underwood Stakes, run at Caulfield over 1800m, was Freedman's initial kick-off point, the Hall Of Fame trainer is now leaning to the shorter Makybe Diva Stakes, run at Flemington over 1600m on September 10.
"I was really pleased with him, we rode him quiet early and then let him finish off on the course proper, he was strong to the line, being the horse he is, he really liked the softer ground," Freedman said.
"He probably won't need another one (jumpout) before he goes to the race.
"There is a possibility after this morning's trial that we might go to the Makybe Diva first-up.
"It isn't really his right trip, but it kind of fits in better to the program, I can run in that and then three weeks to the Turnbull back at Flemington and then in to the Caulfield, it sounds a good program to me."
Freedman also had fellow German import Shimrano in the jumpout and the five-year-old Monsun entire surprisingly showed early speed before also hitting the line strongly.
"We are extremely happy with him, he has been a difficult horse overseas, but came here this morning wearing ear muffs and blinkers with his pony that he does a lot of work with at Pinecliff," Freedman said.
"He went straight in the gates, jumped out and sat second and third in a sprinters trial and finished off nicely.
"We didn't know much about him until he came here, he came straight out of quarantine and has been in work eight or nine weeks, he has really thrived, he has his coat, he seems a lot easier to handle now.
"Added all up he is going good."
Freedman said Shimrano is likely to resume at Flemington on September 10 before being targeted at The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on October 2, a race that leaves the winner exempt from ballot for the Emirates Melbourne Cup.