Anthony Freedman can mark his move this week from Rye to Flemington with a 12th career win for his quality sprinter First Command in the Listed Kensington Stakes, which is contested down the straight 1000m course at his new home.
The seven-year-old is a five times winner at the distance and the winner of the same race last year, at his only course and distance run, in very similar circumstances - having run well fresh at Caulfield two weeks earlier.
First Command resumed with 60 kg at Caulfield on January 5 and was a comprehensive winner. In the process he improved his record to six runs at 1000m outside WFA company for five wins. The 'miss' was a second in the QTC Lightning when he conceded 6.5kg to the winner.
Thus, he has proved himself practically unbeatable at the trip in the right class and that's the scenario again this weekend. A lack of natural speed runners in the race also helps as he will be on-pace from the jump.
Glen Boss takes the ride, as he did at Caulfield, and he looks set to increase his big lead in the Melbourne jockeys' premiership.
Boss also teams with Freedman to ride the GB-bred but formerly French-trained import Brehat in the Craftsman Handicap. The five-year-old stallion, by Derby winner Motivator, may well want further than Saturday's 1720 metres but his appearance certainly adds some interest to the card.
Brehat debuted in Australia with a closing fourth to Hastein over 1600 metres at Morphettville on January 5 but pulled up a touch lame in the near foreleg. Hasten went to win the Strathalbyn Cup at his next start. Freedman's recent record with imports such as Lucas Cranach and Mawingo suggests that Brehat ought not be underestimated.