Forbidden Love favourite in wide open Doncaster Mile

She’s been in career-best form this preparation and the Team Freedman-trained Forbidden Love will be looking to add to the win column in this Saturday’s running of the $3 million Doncaster Handicap at Royal Randwick.

Looking to make it four wins in a row, Forbidden Love has been given a postage stamp weight of 50kg for the time-honoured handicap, and Freedman has engaged Victorian jockey premiership winner Jamie Kah to steer in this weekend’s feature.

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The All Too Hard mare kicked off this campaign with a close-up second in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes before stringing three wins together on the bounce in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes, the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, taking her earnings over the $2 million mark in the process.

After drawing gate 14 in this morning’s official barrier draw, the four-year-old will jump out of 12 if the emergencies fail to gain a start. Speaking with SEN’s Andrew Bensley earlier today, co-trainer Michael Freedman was on fairly good terms with himself.

“I thought if the emergencies came out coming out of gate 12 in a field of 20 is probably about par,” Freedman said.

“You could probably hope for a little better, you could certainly have got a lot worse.

“I think on what’s obviously going to be a very heavy track those sort of gates play a little less significance than they normally would on a good track anyway. I was pretty satisfied with that draw.”

The three-time Group 1 winner has impressed her co-trainer in her recent work, and Freedman sees no reason why she cannot continue the rich vein of form.

“I think on what she has shown this morning in track work and over the past week to ten days since the George Ryder, she certainly doesn’t have seemed to go backwards,” Freedman said.

“I thought her gallop was terrific this morning and she seems to be holding good form, so hopefully she can continue along that path until we get to the Doncaster on Saturday.”

With such a light weight allotted the engagement of Kah was always on Freedman’s mind, and it was a plan he put into place weeks ago.

“I approached Jamie’s manager before the George Ryder just to sort of put it on his radar and also to find out if she was going to be any chance at riding at 50 (kgs),” Freedman said.

“They assured me she would and we agreed to get through the George Ryder and have a chat after that.

“Obviously once she came out and won that in good fashion we spoke not long after the race and locked it away.

“Certainly at that sort of weight to pick up a rider of Jamie’s quality who won the race last year (on Cascadian), I think was a really good get.”

Michael and his brother Richard have recently announced that they will be splitting up their trainer partnership, and Michael confirmed this morning that it would take place early next week.

“Yes from Monday next week it changes over and we start rowing our own boats,” Freedman said.

Randwick plays host to a bumper ten-race card this Saturday with four Group 1’s scheduled, one Group 2, four Group 3’s and the final of the Country Championships.

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