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Freedman takes blinkers option for talented Kiwi

“They told us that it might be because he copped a hammering back in the field in the Karaka Millions [where he was the second favourite].

“The blinkers should help him and I think he will go well on Saturday and if he does that – Brisbane has always been the plan.”

Not An Option has to give all his rivals weight in the 1300m event for the two-year-olds but has been kept safe in betting at $6 behind well-supported favourite Overlord at $3.

Chris Waller is also using the race as a gauge of Overlord’s JJ Atkins chances after he charged into the minor money at his two starts.

“He is going to appreciate the extra trip and should handle the soft going,” Waller said. “If he runs well, the JJ Atkins is there for him like a lot of them in this race.”

Freedman has no concerns about the soft track for Not An Option and believes it will bring the best out of English import Greek Hero later in the afternoon at Randwick.

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Greek Hero won first-up in Australia at Kembla Grange when the conditions were against him. He continues to improve.

“According to his trainer in England, he doesn’t like firm ground, so that win was a bit of a surprise,” Freedman said.

“From what we have seen at home, he is a Sydney Saturday-class galloper, so it will be interesting how he develops and how far he can go.

“He pulled a little bit shabby from Kembla, but when you lump 61 kilos and are three-wide outside the leader over 1500m, you are going to feel the run. Particularly on a firm track you don’t like.

“We’ll find out a bit more about him in the winter but I think he is a nice horse.”

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