Forbes. Picture: Racing Photos

Forbes (Image: Racing Photos)

Freedman excited by Forbes potential

Co-trainer Sam Freedman says he is keen to put a forgetable autumn behind Forbes, as he eyes the spring with the promising galloper.

The two-year-old was a genuine Golden Slipper contender before a series of mishaps saw connections pull the pin on his campaign.

The son of Capitalist was scratched at the barriers before two trials and then was a well beaten favourite at Canterbury before he was spelled.

In the spring he was narrowly beaten by Blue Diamond winner and Golden Slipper runner-up Anamoe in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes, suggesting he had the right form lines to be competitive in the autumn.

Freedman said he was confident punters would see a more mature horse come the spring as they head towards the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

“He had a nightmare preparation more or less, everything went wrong that could have gone wrong,” Freedman said.

“We did our best to try and get him there for the Slipper. It’s disappointing because you see Anamoe running a slashing race and that’s the right form, so he is certainly up to those top class two-year-olds and he’s a horse that’s going to train on at three.

“He will head down a Coolmore type path. He will be in with plenty of time to get up and going.

“He is a very exciting horse. We did a lot with him after he ran disappointingly at Canterbury, we took him back to Pinecliff and ironed out those issues.

“I think we will have a really clear preparation with him next time in. I think you will see a very good horse in the spring."