FORMER Crossley trainer Mitch Freedman had his first Flemington Spring Carnival winner when Bravo Tango scored a short neck victory over East Indianman and William Thomas on Tuesday.
Freedman left Crossley two years ago to set up a stable at Ballarat and was excited with the win of Bravo Tango, who was ridden by Billy Egan.
"He's my first carnival winner at Flemington," he told The Standard after the breakthrough win.
"The win is a great result for all the stable staff. Bravo Tango has been pretty frustrating.
"He was the one-time favourite for the Australian Guineas and he hasn't quite lived up to the expectations but we put this race in the book again after last year when he was disappointing.
"We really targeted it. It was a great ride from Billy. He got him out of the barriers, which is the key to him. He just held onto him for as long as he could and let him down at the end."
Brave Tango took his stake earnings to over $200,000 from 17 starts with his latest win.
Warrnambool trainer Patrick Ryan will spell his two-year-old filly Old Kent Road after her debut run in the $200,000 Ottawa Stakes on Tuesday.
NORDIC Symphony was to be inspected by her vets following her 13th placing in a $125,000 mares race, according to Symon Wilde.
"She was disappointing," Wilde said.
"I thought she may have run better. It's best we get her checked out by the vets to make sure everything is all right with her."
The Warrnambool trainer was pleased with the effort of Valley Of Hearts in a three-year-old race.
Valley Of Hearts was beaten by less than six lengths by Garner.
"It was a good run considering it was only his second race start," he said.
"We may go to a race under lights at Moonee Valley for his next start."
Meanwhile, Southern France, who carried the hopes of some western district owners and punters, ran 19th in the Melbourne Cup.
Southern France, with jockey Mark Zahra in the saddle, was caught wide from barrier 14 in the $8 million race.
Zahra said after the race Southern France had a tough run and might not have stayed the two miles.
Vow And Declare etched his name into the history books winning the Melbourne Cup.
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