Mitch Freedman thinks stable star Attrition can improve even further this year, in an ominous warning to future rivals.

The son of Churchill scored Freedman’s first Group 1 victory in last year’s Toorak Handicap and was a $27 Golden Eagle chance before being scratched due to lameness.

Speaking at Flemington on Saturday, the Ballarat-based trainer said Attrition has come through his spell in fine order, and expects his galloper to show his full potential in the coming months.

“He’s terrific, he’s matured again. I think we’ll probably see the best of him in the spring,” he said.

“I can’t fault him at the moment, he had a little piece of work earlier this week and worked terrific.

“We’ll see him back at the jumpouts in sort of two-to-three weeks’ time, and then map out a path back to the races.”

Options will be kept open during the upcoming campaign, as the four-year-old’s preference for drier tracks could rule several potentially appealing races out, including some in NSW.

“We haven’t really set in stone what we’re doing yet in the autumn – a lot depends on tracks,” Freedman said.

“There’s a lot of races in Sydney for him but if the rain comes, he doesn’t really like it that way.

“We’ll map it out as we go, and there’s plenty of options for him around that mile to 2000 metres.

“As I said, I think in spring we’ll really see the best of him, and he’ll be a fully furnished horse by then.”

– news desk