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Kuro Joins Freedman Stable

Tuesday, 21st July 2015

Multiple stakes winner and dual Gr1 placegetter Kuro (Denman-Distinctive Lass, by Orientate) has joined the Victorian stable of trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman ahead of the upcoming spring carnival, reports Racing.com. Jason Abrahams, who is the managing director of Champion Thoroughbreds which part-owns the rising 4YO, said the horse had completed two weeks pre-training and had arrived in Melbourne on Friday. Abrahams said the ownership group believed that transferring the horse from Joe Pride's Sydney stable to a Melbourne-based yard would give the son of Denman his best chance of winning a feature sprint. "From our point of view having him based in Melbourne where there are three times the number of options available to you as far as racing goes made a lot of sense," Abrahams said. "There aren't any Group 1s in Sydney for the older sprinters in the spring so being here seemed a bit pointless and in the autumn the Sydney sprints are after the Melbourne sprints anyway." A winner of 6 of his 13 starts, including the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes & Listed Heritage Stakes, Kuro hasn't been seen since finishing a close-up third behind Ball Of Muscle and That's A Good Idea in the Gr2 QTC Cup at Doomben in May. Abrahams said races like the Schillaci Stakes (1100m) and Caulfield Sprint (1100m) in October were possible options for the horse but that next February's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield was the ultimate target. "I wouldn't imagine that he'd be ready to race until at least late September," Abrahams said. "My briefing to Lee was set a foundation in the spring and hopefully come back in the autumn and set him for the Oakleigh Plate." He added: "Hopefully that could be his opportunity to win a Group 1 and if you did happen to win a Group 1 early in the autumn then it opens up a lot of options."


Kuro (image: Steve Hart)
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