Freyberg posts 14th Australian win

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 14/07/2014
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Freyberg, who won three races in Southland, took out the Group III Pepper Tree Farm Pace at Menangle, Sydney, on Saturday night.

He led and won convincingly for reinsman James Rattray and trainer Kevin Pizzuto. It was Freyberg's 14th Australian win.

The ex-Kiwi has run some big races in New South Wales, including a fourth in the Group I A$100,000 Len Smith Mile at Menangle in April. He chased home winner Beautide, Avonnova and Sauve Stuey Lombo.

Freyberg won his first five starts in New South Wales after being bought out of Southland early last year.

Southern trainers Brendon McLellan (two wins) and Brian Norman (one win) prepared the Washington VC gelding before he was exported. Freyberg finished second in the Cromwell and Gore Cups when trained by McLellan.

Sauve Stuey Lombo held on to win from Im Themightyquinn in Saturday night's Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Open Pace at Albion Park, Brisbane. They drew clear of their rivals on the final bend and fought out a torrid finish, with Sauve Stuey Lombo winning by half a length.

Im Themightyquinn's brother, Themightynadal (one win), finished third in a 3-year-old race at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday night. Themightynadal, winner VC Manoeuvre and runner-up Soho Lennon are all trained by Gary Hall snr, who had five starters in the race.

Benjamin Banneker, who was sold to Australian interests after qualifying for Wyndham trainers Gordon and Colin Lee in 2012, notched his 11th win at Gloucester Park on Friday. He was one of five winners for Hall on the 10-race card.

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- The Southland Times

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