Mitch Freedman with Moonlight Maid and jockey Ben Melham (Image: Racing Photos)
Mitch Freedman left Flemington with plenty of optimism on Thursday despite having to settle for another Group 1 placing with Moonlight Maid in the Kennedy Oaks (2500m).
The daughter of Puissance De Lune, who claimed the G2 Manifold Stakes earlier this spring, finished powerfully from the back of the field but could not reel in Miami Bound and Scone visitor Never Listen.
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It was Freedman's second G1 placing in five days after Southern Moon's gallant AAMI Victoria Derby performance on Saturday and the Ballarat horseman is confident both horses can improve into the autumn.
Three-year-old staying classics in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane are options for both Moonlight Maid and Southern Moon.
"She ran well, she switched off good, the winner was just too good on the day," Freedman said of Moonlight Maid's performance on Thursday.
"She's had a taxing time this preparation, so we'll give her a bit of time off.
"Whether we go to Adelaide or Sydney or Queensland, I don't know, but we have options."