2016 Caulfield Cup a Target for Shimrano

July 29th, 2016

Lee Freedman is confident talented import Shimrano can progress into a serious 2016 Caulfield Cup (2400m) prospect, when the gelding debuts to Australian racing during the forthcoming Spring Carnival.

Trainer Lee Freedman has revealed that import Shimrano will be set for the 2016 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup. Photo: Taron Clarke

Trainer Lee Freedman has revealed that import Shimrano will be set for the 2016 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup. Photo: Taron Clarke

Shimrano has only made six appearances at the races through a short but impressive career in Europe, but is already a two-time Stakes winner leading into his Australian racing tenure.

Freedman told Racing Ahead that he has been very impressed by the quality and class of the Monsun entire, and is confident he will lay a good account for himself once he gets the hang of the Australian way of going.

“He had a run in France in April over 3000m, which is fairly inauspicious,” Freedman said.

“He’s been in work ever since he came out of quarantine.

“He looks quite fit because of that run in April. I would expect he’d be at the races sometime in early September.

“I like what I see of him. He’s quite a quirky horse, but definitely has the ability.

“He’s still quite immature even though he’s about to turn five.

“They’re quite a slow maturing breed, the Monsuns … I think whatever he does in his first campaign, he’ll improve on in the autumn.

“He’ll be entered for all those races (Caulfield Cup 2016 and Melbourne Cup), and see how we go.”

Shimrano immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow upon debuting to racing in the early stages of 2015 for a comfortable first-up win in the Group 2 Oppenheim Union Rennen (2213m) at Cologne.

Team Freedman are set to launch a multi-pronged attack towards the 2016 Caulfield Cup, with both Our Ivanhowe and Tom Melbourne also set to aim the major stayers’ race.

Shimrano is yet to be included in early 2016 Caulfield Cup betting markets, however Our Ivanhowe ($21) and Tom Melbourne ($26) both figure in the top half of order at Ladbrokes.com.au.