Free Of Debt Breaks Through for First Stakes Success

Mark Smith - Sunday September 19

While Free Off Debt may not have lived up to the form that saw him open his career with wins at Morphettville and Flemington before a close-up third to Lyre in the 2019 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, the son of Unencumbered brought a lump to the throat of trainer Chris Bieg following his maiden stakes success in Saturday's Listed W H Wylie Handicap (1100m) at Morphettville.

The 5yo gelding has now won three of his last four starts. He had a tussle with the equally honest Kemelpasa (Magnus), who had to spot the winners 6kgs before grudgingly conceding to go down by a half-length.


p;Pimm's Party (Street Boss) was a length and a quarter further back in third.

 “The experience we’ve had with this horse and the ride he has taken us on has been amazing,” Bieg said.

“He’s finally won a black-type race.

“I could not be happier with him. The owner’s support has been amazing.

“With 54kgs on his back it was a bit of a tough ask to find the right rider for him. Gary (Lo) won on him last start so why not put him back on. He rode him so confidently today and I could not be happier.  

Free Of Debt winning at Flemington (image Grant Courtney)

Free of Doubt advances his record to five wins, two seconds, and a third 18 starts with earnings of $425,525, making a mockery of his $30,000 purchase price by his trainer from the Phoenix Broodmare Farm draft at the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

From the second of four crops left by the Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Unencumbered before his untimely death, Free Of Doubt is the best of five winners from as many to race out of the Melbourne winning Giant's Causeway mare Stagerush.

Purchased by Greta West Stud for $22,000 at the 2009 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock Sale, Stagerush descends from the family of the top stallion Scenic (IRE) as well as the top-class performers, Slightly Dangerous, Warning and Rainbow Quest.

Stagerush died in October last year. Her final foal is a 2yo filly by Master Of Design.

Free Of Debt becomes the sixth stakes-winner for Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Unencumbered (Testa Rossa), who died in 2018.



Race Result - W H Wylie Hcp LR 1100m

Morphettville Track: Good(4) Time: 1:04.27
Free Of Debt
T: Chris Bieg J: Gary Lo 54
5g Unencumbered (AUS) x Stagerush (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Phoenix Broodmare Farm Euroa Vic
B: Chris Bieg Racing Pty Ltd
T: R & C Jolly J: Jake Toeroek 62
6g Magnus (AUS) x Yarra Bank (AUS) (Bianconi (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Kulani Park Merricks North Vic
B: Richard Jolly
Pimm's Party
T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas J: Teagan Voorham 54
4m Street Boss (USA) x Champagne Jane (AUS) (Starcraft (NZ))
Street Tough
T: Will Clarken J: Todd Pannell 55
7g Tough Speed (USA) x Butter Street (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA))
T: P Stokes J: Kayla Crowther 54
6g Terango (AUS) x Serene Lass (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
T: P W Jolly J: K H Zechner 57
8g Mossman (AUS) x Carnegie Minstrel (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $200,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: P Jolly
T: Chris Bieg J: Anna Jordsjo 54
4m Rich Enuff (AUS) x Balsamico (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Woodside Park Stud Tylden Vic
B: Ryan Balfour Racing
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Jessica Eaton 54
4m I Am Invincible (AUS) x Roulettes (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
Bold Star
T: G Richards & D Moyle J: J Holder 55.5
6g Needs Further (AUS) x Alzahra Star (AUS) (Danewin (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Brooklyn Park Evandale Tas
B: Gordon Richards Racing
Lakhani Rose
T: D R Jolly J: Sophie Logan 54
6m Dalakhani (IRE) x Saturday Rose (AUS) (Blevic (AUS))
T: Will Clarken J: Ms E Finnegan 54
5m Safeguard (AUS) x Clarecastle (AUS) (Tribu (AUS))
Inglis March (Early) Online Sale $90,000
V:Mogumber Park
B: Ridgeport Holdings
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