Tararua was a dominant 3.5 length winner on Friday, September 16 under the guidance of Jordan Childs. The pair settled just behind the leaders and found clear air entering the straight, where he was able to burst clear of his rivals.

The son of Squamosa caught the eye on debut at Camperdown, breaking his maiden by an impressive eight lengths. Freedman has had high hopes for Tararua, who returned a much more furnish product following an Autumn spell. Unfortunately this preparation has not been all smooth sailing, with some minor niggles and relentless rain forcing the team to re-plot Tararua’s return to the races.

“He was disappointing first up with excuses and then was really good second-up whilst not handling the track. As a stable, we thought he was ready to improve back onto a firmer surface and be really competitive.” Jordan Childs shared Mitch’s thoughts, stating post-race “he just did not handle the surface last time (at Bendigo) so racing on a firmer surface, he was pretty dominant.”

Back in the winner’s circle and full of confidence, Freedman feels Tararua will measure up to Friday night grade at Moonee Valley and mid-week grade in time. “It’s an exciting time of year to have a progress sprinter, with plenty of options including the 955 challenges at Moonee Valley, with great prize money on offer.”

Tararua’s victory was Freedman’s first winner of the 2022/2023 season after a frustrating run of placings. There are a number of progressive horses back at the jump outs and returning to the races within the month, in what looms as an exciting Spring for the stable.