OWNERS of injury-prone galloper Dee Bee Nine hope a change in environment to Warrnambool will help the horse regain winning form.
He will run in an $80,000 open handicap over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley today.
Dee Bee Nine is trained in Adelaide by Will Clarken, but his connections sent the seven-year-old to young Warrnambool trainer Mitch Freedman four weeks ago with a beach preparation on the agenda.
Freedman said the Warrnambool beach had done wonders for Dee Bee Nine’s joint problems.
“He’s an old horse that just had a few joint issues. We seem to be managing those issues pretty good with the aid of the beach,” he said.
The 25-year-old trainer said Dee Bee Nine found his way to his stables through a friendship with Richard Adam.
“When I spent some time over at Newmarket in England I was riding track work with Richard and we’ve ended up being good mates,” he said.
“He’s based over in Adelaide now and was speaking to the owners of Dee Bee Nine about what the future held for the horse.
“Will was doing a good job with Dee Bee Nine but the owners thought it would be good if the horse had a sea change because of his issues, that’s when my name came up.”
Dee Bee Nine has won eight races from 44 starts.Meanwhile, Darren Weir’s two Warrnambool satellite stables played a significant role in him winning Australia’s leading trainers’ award.
Weir led in 253 winners for the 2013-14 season, with nearly 50 metropolitan winners coming from Warrnambool.
Atlantis Dream, Blackie and Count Encosta will represent his Warrnambool stable at Moonee Valley today.