Stepping out under race conditions for the first time, Skybird produced an incredible display, dominating her rivals with a booming turn of foot to win by just under two lengths, ears pricked and eased down on the line.

Skybird, a daughter of Exosphere, was purchased from Inglis Classic in 2022 and from her first time in the stable, Freedman felt she was above average. “She’s always been a nice filly, I purchased her knowing there was plenty of improvement to come and we are looking forward to the future with her.” Skybird fits the mould that Freedman has had great success with. Purchasing yearlings who are athletic movers, light on their feet and have improvement to come. Now a spring 3yo and with some more racing under her belt, Skybird looks to have a very bright future ahead and could be tested in some higher grades over the carnival.

Skybird is raced by new clients to the stable, the Scalzo family and partners of the Scalzo family, the Hayden family and Mr Chris Bredbury. Freedman was thrilled to get a win for the Scalzo family and is looking forward to a fruitful relationship to continue, particularly with this exciting filly. Freedman thanked the Scalzo family and is “pleased to see them have a very nice filly.”

Drawing a sticky barrier, Freedman was delighted that his filly could travel sweetly and fly over the top under the guidance of in-form hoop Beau Mertens. In his post-race interview Mertens explained “I knew (she would be in the finish) when I let her go, she had a good turn of foot underneath me and was confident I would get the front runners.” Not only did she get to the front runners at a rate of knots, she soared clear, resulting in a soft victory and arguably the run of the day.

Congratulations to the ownership group of Skybird and we are very excited to see what level she can get to in the future.