Consistent mare Star Honour added a third victory for the preparation at Seymour on December 21, providing an early Christmas present for her ownership group.

As we have documented in previous articles, Star Honour’s form this preparation has been phenomenal. Five starts for three wins and two thirds, she has really turned the corner and showcasing the talent Freedman always knew she had. The apprentice only race at Seymour loomed a key target for Freedman, who was able to secure the services of leading apprentice Celine Gaudray, who executed the race plan perfectly, storming over the top of her rivals.

Post race Guadray was very complimentary of the mare and pleased to get the result, “everything went to plan as I thought it would and when I asked her to go, she let down nicely.”

A mare in form is always a horse to follow and Freedman feels Star Honour is still on the rise through the grades. “Being a larger mare and learning about her along the way, I think she will have a little freshen up now, avoid the firmer tracks over the summer and we will see her return in the autumn and through the winter months.”

Winning a race at any time of the year is a great thrill for all owners, but winning just before Christmas feels like Santa has come early.

From all of the Mitch Freedman Racing team, we wish all owners and supporters of the stable a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable, safe festive season.