Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman has been pleased with the way German import Our Ivanhowe has taken to work in the lead-up to his Spring Carnival return, and has revealed he will be pleased if the six-year-old attacks the line in Saturday’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield.
Our Ivanhowe has been a notable performer amongst field containing some of the world’s standout racehorses through his eleven start career so far, and was transferred to the care of Freedman and brother Anthony with a view towards the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
Having revealed Our Ivanhowe took a little while to acclimatize to the Australian way of going, Freedman told Racing Ahead he would not be shocked with the horse won the 2015 Naturalism Stakes first-up, but hopes only to see him hit the line hard.
“I’m really happy with him,” Freedman said.
“These horses aren’t as easy to get a firm grasp on. They’re coming from different hemispheres, they’ve raced on different ground under different pace scenarios.
“So when they get here you have to experiment with their work to get them to accept our conditions here and some do it simply, but this horse in particular came out with a little touch of travel sickness which meant he stayed in the stable for a long time.
“Then I wanted to do the old practice of getting him to a race in the autumn to acquaint him to Australian racing conditions etc and that was a qualified success.
“We gave him a break, we brought him back and I think the horse is far better this time around – he’s accepted this is home now, he’s accustomed to our diet.
“I’m happy with where he is at, he’s at around about the weight he was when he raced in Germany, his coat is great and so it’s a matter of going to the races tomorrow in what is a difficult race and seeing how well he runs.
“I suspect he’ll run pretty good.”
Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date in 2014, Our Ivanhowe won each of the Group 1 Preis Von Baden (2413m) and Group 1 Pastorius (2414m) before finishing sixth in the Group 1 Japan Cup (2400m) on his way to Australia.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 Naturalism Stakes odds, for which Our Ivanhowe can be taken at a quote of $8.50 for success.