The Lam Tei Handicap and Nam Sang Wai Handicap, both Class 4 contests run at Sha Tin on Sunday (24 September), will never rate a mention among the world’s great races. For Michael Freedman, however, there were parallels between the pair of handicaps and one of the great races on the planet after the Australian scored his first wins as a Hong Kong trainer with Endearing and Silverfield respectively.
“It’s a big thrill – I said to Sam (Clipperton) when he came back aboard Endearing, it felt like winning a Melbourne Cup again,” said Freedman, who was involved in the preparation of five winners of “the race that stops a nation” while working for brother Lee.
“That is the pinnacle for any Australian trainer, but winning the first race, that matched the feeling, it was certainly a big thrill. It’s nice with only our fourth runner to get a winner at Sha Tin, it’s very pleasing. And to then add a second, it makes me think that we are starting to do things right in terms of our systems down at the Olympic Stables. It hasn’t been the easiest start, we had a couple of testing weeks there, but the staff have been great, my assistant Carol (Yu) has been terrific and we’re on our way now.”