FORMER Crossley trainer Mitch Freedman has been making every post a winner since he moved his training operation to Ballarat 18 months ago.
With more than six weeks left in this racing season, Freedman has trained 30 winners compared to 23 in 2017-18.
"I've got no complaints about the move to Ballarat," the 30-year-old trainer said.
"Warrnambool was a great spot to start my training career. There are wonderful training facilities at Ballarat. Any day of the week, you can train your horses in a straight line or a circle.
"There's just so many advantages - you're just so central to so many tracks.
"I'm glad we made the move when we did. Ballarat is really starting to take off. There's been a few more trainers arrive since we arrived here, and then we've got Tony McEvoy setting up stables here next year. I'm sure Tony will be a big boost to the training ranks."
The former Russells Creek footballer said the move to Ballarat resulted in new owners joining his stables.
"We've got a few syndicators on board which is great, but the bottom line is we understand we must train winners for our owners," Freedman said.
"Owners want winners, and if you don't produce winners you can drop down the scale pretty quickly."
Freedman, who produced rank outsider Mrs Bignell to run third in a fillies and mares race at Flemington on Saturday, said he was fortunate to have such great staff.
BOUND FOR SA
WARRNAMBOOL trainer Simon Ryan is considering taking jumpers Dormello Mo, Police Camp and Super Hayes to run at the South Australia Grand National jumping day at Morphettville on June 22.
Dormello Mo and Police Camp may line up in the Grand National Steeplechase, while Super Hayes looks a likely starter in the Grand National Hurdle. The three horses ran second in jumping races at Casterton last week.
BEST LAID PLANS
A PLANE taking racing officials including stewards from Essendon to Edenhope on Sunday was forced to touch down at Naracoorte.
An abundance of wildlife was in the paddocks at the Edenhope runway. The officials had a 40-minute drive back to Edenhope from Naracoorte before they had everything in place to start the nine-race program.
NUMEROUS Warrnambool trainers had successful trips to Swan Hill for its three-day carnival.
The carnival, which started Friday, resulted in Matthew Williams, Daniel Bowman and Jarrod McLean having success while Symon Wilde led in a winner on Saturday.
Wilde had another two winners on Sunday and Bowman was successful again. Peter Chow took out the last of 28 races with the underrated Kent Street.
TOP jockey Dean Yendall was outed by stewards at Swan Hill on Saturday, after his winning ride on the Symon Wilde-trained Sweetgeorgia Brown.
Yendall pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge.
Stewards found that near the 200 metre mark Yendall failed to make every effort to prevent Sweetgeorgia Brown from shifting in.
Yendall was suspended for 16 meetings.
His suspension started midnight June 9 and ends midnight June 25.
Stewards deemed the incident to be in the high range and took into consideration his good record and the fact that he has just returned from a long-term injury.
The popular hoop rode three winners over the three-day Swan Hill Carnvial.
Comeback jockey Josh Cartwright pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge at Edenhope on Sunday. Cartwright was suspended for eight meetings. His suspension starts midnight June 11 and finishes midnight June 19.
THE Victoria Racing Club will announce destinations selected to host the $200,000 Lexus Melbourne Cup on tour this year on Tuesday.
The iconic three-handled Melbourne Cup trophy will visit 39 destinations across six countries before being presented at Flemington on Tuesday, November 5 for this year's Melbourne Cup.
MORE than 900 horses will be sold at the Inglis Great Southern Thoroughbred Sale at Oaklands Junction from June 16-19.
There will be 530 weanlings, 285 broodmares, more than 70 racing stock, one stallion and one stallion share in the sale.
The weanling draft includes progeny by leading sires such as Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Zoustar, Pierro, Brazen Beau, Dundeel, Exceed And Excel, Written Tycoon, So You Think, Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Lonhro, Rubick, Choisir and Savabeel, as well as first season stallions such as Capitalist, Extreme Choice, American Pharoah, Flying Artie, Winning Rupert, Cable Bay, Astern, Frosted, Palentino, Mshawish, Tivaci, Alpine Eagle and Holler.
There are also mares in foal to the likes of Merchant Navy, Exceed And Excel, Dundeel, American Pharoah, Brazen Beau, Zoustar, Written Tycoon, Caravaggio, Rubick and Invader plus racing stock from Lindsay Park and Contract Racing, among others. The Great Southern Sale has consistently proven itself a successful hunting ground for pinhookers.
Weanlings will be offered on the first two days, broodmares on the Tuesday and yearlings and racing stock on the Wednesday.