Vagrant has been a consistent performer for her connections over the past 18 months and finally broke through for a deserved metropolitan win on December 26.

Vagrant has taken her owners on an almighty ride so far, from a Swan Hill carnival maiden, to stakes placed in Adelaide and running in Group 2 races for the 3yo fillies, it was fitting to see her finally salute in town.

The daughter of Pariah kicked off her campaign on Ballarat Cup Day on a very wet track, one that she does not overly enjoy as learnt over the summer months. Rather than scratching, Freedman elected to run and get the ball rolling for the preparation. Such is her tenacity, she ran home strongly and has bounced out of the run. Heading away for a jump out last week, Freedman said post race “they don’t jump out much better than she did… explosive in the last 100m and she was really on song for today.”

The Mitch Freedman & Beau Mertens combination continues to build new chapters in what is one of racing’s most exciting, feel good stories of the year. Now with an eye firmly on the Tasmanian carnival, perhaps the combination can team up for another stakes performance, as Vagrant looks to add more black type to her page.

We will likely see Vagrant in Victoria again throughout January, before crossing Bass Straight in chase of the Vamos Stakes.

Congratulations to the connections of Vagrant – a late Christmas present from Santa!