One To Watch - Sandown-Lakeside

Mark Smith - Wednesday July 10

After signing the cheque for $250,000 to secure Freak Of Nature at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Jason Warren needed just $18,000 to return the son of Snitzel to his stable when offered on Inglis Digital in February.

Freak Of Nature puts them to the sword (image Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

After making a winning debut at Sandown last season at two, Freak Of Nature lost form and underwent a tie-back procedure. He returned with three unplaced efforts, and the major part-owner Trilogy decided to cut its losses.

Warren retained the faith, and after five disappointing efforts since his debut, Freak Of Nature romped to a four-and-a-half-length success over 1200m on the Pakenham Synthetic on July 1.

Ten days late, the 3-year-old son of Snitzel lined up in the Senet Gambling Law Experts Hcp (1400m) at Sandown Lakeside. He was made to work to find the front, passing the halfway mark, but showed no signs of stopping in the straight.

Ridden by Ethan Brown, Freak Of Nature kept up a relentless gallop to defeat the Turn To Lose gelding Liberami by two and a half lengths, with the favoured Sioux Nation (USA) filly Apache Song back in third.

Ethan Brown said his hand had been forced.

"Ideally, I wanted to be in behind, but everyone had the same idea," he said.

"He began well, and it was quite tactical early. This horse wants a flowing ride, so I was happy to roll forward. I thought he was handling the heavy track well, which gave me the confidence to go forward.

"He has plenty of improvement, so he is an exciting horse. He's always had the talent but did not have the smoothest of preps. They had to geld him and give him a wind op, so they've given him plenty of time, and it's paying dividends." 

A brother to the 5-time winner and Group II ATC Shannon Stakes runner-up  Discharged, and a half-brother to the recent Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes winner  Move To Strike (I Am Invincible), Freak Of Nature is the sixth winner from seven to race for the top-class mare No Evidence Needed.

Purchased by Baramul Stud for $750,000 from the 2014 Patinack Dispersal, the Group II VRC Let's Elope Stakes winner and Group 1 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Staes and Group 1 SAJC Schweppes Oaks runner-up No Evidence Needed (Shamardal), has a yearling colt by Zoustar, which was a $400,000 purchase for David Ellis from the Baramul Stud draft at the 2024 National Yearling Sale.

After missing in 2022, No Evidence Needed was covered by Dundeel last spring. 

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Race Result - Senet Gambling Law Experts (Bm64) 1400m

Sandown-Lakeside Track: Heavy(8) Time: 1:26.67
1
Freak Of Nature
- 3g Snitzel (AUS) x No Evidence Needed (AUS) (Shamardal (USA))
Tnr: Jason Warren Rdr: Ethan Brown 60.5
Inglis February (Early) Online Sale $18,000
Seller: Jason Warren Racing (as agent)
Buyer: Jason Warren Racing
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $0
Seller: Baramul Stud, Widden Valley, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: Withdrawn
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $250,000
Seller: Westbury Stud Ltd, Karaka, NZ
Buyer: Jason Warren Racing
2
2.5
Liberami
- 3g Turn Me Loose (NZ) x Loose Goose (AUS) (Nicconi (AUS))
Tnr: R Griffiths & M De Kock Rdr: B Rawiller 58.5
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $120,000
Seller: Esker Lodge Australia, Beremboke
Buyer: Griffiths de Kock Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)
3
2.9
Apache Song
- 3f Sioux Nation (USA) x For A Song (AUS) (Gonski (AUS))
Tnr: Michael Trotter Rdr: B Shinn 59
4
6.2
Carnival Row
- 3g Trapeze Artist (AUS) x Further (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: T & C McEvoy Rdr: Damian Lane 58.5
5
6.9
Glenfinnan
- 3g Puissance De Lune (IRE) x Panarea (AUS) (Delzao (AUS))
Tnr: Ms L Tolson & Ms L Proctor Rdr: Matthew Cartwright 59
6
8.4
Shravas
- 3g Squamosa (AUS) x Rubydame (AUS) (Viscount (AUS))
Tnr: Chris Calthorpe Rdr: P Gatt 59
7
8.5
Rate Of Knots
- 3g Zoustar (AUS) x Sailing By (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Amy & Ash Yargi Rdr: John Allen 58.5
8
9.8
King De Lune
- 3g Puissance De Lune (IRE) x Under No Prussia (AUS) (King Of Prussia (AUS))
Tnr: Ben Brisbourne Rdr: Lachlan King 60.5
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