Aussie Nugget (Image: Racing Photos)
Sam Freedman is expected talented galloper Aussie Nugget to 'bounce back' at Flemington on Saturday after a luckless performance last start.
Freedman, who is assistant to his father Anthony, said jockey Jye McNeil fell on his sword for his ride on the four-year-old when he finished sixth as a $3.20 hope.
The talented hoop has kept the ride for Saturday's $100,000 Henry Byron Moore Handicap (1800m) and Freedman is expecting Aussie Nugget to be competitive again.
"We are expecting him to bounce back. Jye, credit to him, came in and put his hand up and said it was a dreadful ride and we were a little critical of it," Freedman said.
"He's a horse that you probably want to get out to some open space when you are making your run on him. He peeled off the back of Duke Of Plumpton, who ended up running second and ran into a brick wall and stumped his momentum.
"It's hard to pick him up again after that.
"So it's a really nice race for him. He's probably a horse that may be a little bit better suited spacing his runs a little bit, but we haven't done much with him in between and he is holding his condition well."
Aussie Nugget will jump from barrier 13 on Saturday.
The stable will also have maiden Suprina contest the $100,000 Schweppes Bagotville Trophy (1100m).
Freedman said the two-year-old had always shown talent and he is hopeful she will be competitive in the city after placing second at her past two starts.
"She is obviously still a maiden at the moment, but she's had some good form around here with Divine Caprice and Immortal Love that have gone on to win city races," Freedman said.
"You're only two once and it's a good opportunity for her to try and get a metro win on her CV.
"She's always shown good toe, really good speed but she was probably a little immature early. We gave her a chance in the paddock to just grow and furnish.
"This preparation she has come back in really good shape."