Grandioso Wins at Wagga!

Congratulations to all with Grandioso’s dazzling last to first win at Wagga.

TIGHT FINISH: Grandioso gets the better of Red Zephyr (left) in a thrilling finish to the Inglis Bonus 2YO Handicap at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Thursday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Tommy Berry reported to the team post race he wanted to ride him quiet and let the race unfold and ride him as the best horse in the race. He said from the turn he was always confident, horse is still green and immature but really hit the line hard. Advantage of top jockeys!.

Spoke with Lee, he is always ultra conservative but there is a real pep in his step about this little guy.
Two year olds rarely do what this guy did today.


Very exciting enjoy the replay again!
He ran 1.10.4 for the 1200m and broke the class record which has stood for 20 years, his last 600m in around 33.6. Outstanding for a baby first time around clockwise and coming from 3 L behind the second last horse. Lee thought maybe a run at 1400m Flemington and a break and look at the spring.

Special mention to our dear Fay who drove solo to Wagga yesterday, stayed overnight and was first through the gate this morning!
Great effort Fay that’s why you are the best!!

Big thanks to the Freedman team as we are having so much fun!

Here’s how the media covered the win:


THE $50,000 Inglis bonus went on in impressive fashion as Grandioso produced a barnstorming finish to take victory at Wagga on Thursday.

Connections almost brought down the grandstand at Murrumbidgee Turf Club as Grandioso ($2.90) flew home to win the Inglis Bonus 2YO Handicap (1200m) in fine style.

It also provided a Wagga carnival victory to Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman, his training partner Anthony Freedman and top jockey Tommy Berry.

Grandioso was slow away and settled a clear last throughout. Berry hooked the Sebring two-year-old to the outside in the straight and he let down with a devastating sprint.

He was a little wayward but eventually got past the Gai Waterhouse-trained Red Zephyr ($15.00) to win by a half neck, with $400,000 yearling Junglized ($4.40) a further 1¾ lengths back in third.

Having been purchased at an Inglis sale, Grandioso picked up the $50,000 bonus, to go along with the $13,925 for winning.

Freedman stable’s racing manager Brad Taylor said they got what they came for.

“We got the money and that’s what we came here to do. We got the job done,” Taylor said.

“Anthony (Freedman) said to leave it up to Tommy and he got to the barriers and decided he was going to go back on him.

“We didn’t think he would be that far back off them but Tommy was never worried and thought he always had them covered.”

Berry was full of praise for Grandioso.

“I rode him like the best horse in the race and he won like that,” Berry said.

“He was green in the straight but he’s got a lot of improvement in him.

“He’ll be better over a mile and in better company.”

Grandioso, by Sebring out of a Reset mare, was purchased for $75,000 and almost got all that back in Thursday’s earnings.

He remains unbeaten after winning at Bendigo on debut.

Taylor said the two-year-old has a bright future.

“We’ll take him home, we haven’t discussed any future plans with Lee and Anthony yet, but there’s a lot more in store for him.

“We were confident of a good run today. The form wasn’t overly strong, we believed.”

Grandioso was a big betting drifter on track, blowing from $2.30 to $2.90, before putting his rivals away.

Trevor Sutherland’s two-year-old, Cosmo Star, finished only four lengths behind the winner, Grandioso, in sixth place, either side of recent Wagga winners Up Trumpz and Tyres Are Crucial.

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