ANTHONY and Sam Freedman’s promising filly Agreeable returned to the winner’s stall on Saturday 03 April with a comfortable victory in the Bill Collins Handicap at Caulfield.
Having been winless since her debut victory at Geelong in May last year, Agreeable has collected two fourth’s in the Group Three Quezette Stakes and the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes as well as finishing fifth in last year’s Group One Thousand Guineas.
Ridden by Jamie Kah, Agreeable hit her customary ‘flat spot’ at the 600m mark before picking up and reeling in her rivals with ease. The three-year-old daughter of Sebring won by one-length over the Symon Wilde-trained Pride Of Jenni despite wanting to wait for her rivals once hitting the lead.
Freedman’s stable representative Steve Adams said Saturday’s win came as a much-deserved confidence boost for the filly after racing super consistently throughout her eight-start career.
“She won her first race start and she’d been running well in between races but it’s good to see her get her confidence back today and win another race,” Steve Adams said. “I was a little bit worried when she came off the bit and [Jamie Kah] had to give her a couple of reminders at the 600m but then on the corner when she made that ground up, I thought she’d finish over the top.”
Jockey Jamie Kah said being able to sit closer in the run has made a massive difference this preparation.
“It’s nice to see her come back and actually travel and jump a bit better than she used to. She’s just switched on a bit more I think and today she showed that she could jump a bit better and sit closer and that’s probably what was holding her back last prep,” she said post-race.
“She was solid today and she was probably still waiting for them on the line so I thought it was a really good win.”
The Freedman stable said they were still working out what trip best suits the promising filly.
“We’re not sure if she runs quite a strong 2000m,” Steve Adams said. “I think there’s a 1400m three-year-old stakes race in a month in Adelaide and then we might just keep her at stakes grade and out to a mile after that.”