Former Irish jumps jockey Dan O’Connor celebrated his first major success as a trainer last week when Freo won the Group 3 R.J.Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot.
And in an ominous warning to his rivals in the Listed Carbine Club Of WA Stakes (1400m) on Saturday, O’Connor is confident Freo can land a feature race double.
“He has surprised me how much he has come on,” O’Connor told Tabradio.
“To be fair he is in better form this week than he was last week.
“He is in tip-top order and in a real good place.
“I didn’t think he could improve again, but he has.”
In a field of nine starters in the Carbine Stakes, Freo has drawn the extreme outside gate.
Regular rider Dan Staeck, back from suspension, reclaims the mount from Shaun McGruddy.
O’Connor, who arrived in Australia just over five years ago, said Freo will handle the seven-day back-up.
“No problem,” O’Connor said.
“He hasn’t lost any weight, hasn’t missed any feed, the penny has really dropped with him now.
“He is looking for more now.”
After opening at $5 Freo has firmed into $3.90, sitting third behind In Love With Paris ($3.60) and State Solicitor ($3).
Two-time Listed winner and half-a-million dollar stake earner, Red Ora, is rated an outside chance at $23.
The Due Sasso gelding is unwanted by supporters after running last when first-up in the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) three weeks ago.
Trainer Steve Wolfe expects the seven-year-old to bounce back.
“He was a bit underdone the other day,” said Wolfe.
“He put one bad one in and there was no reason for it.
“Ever since we’ve had him that was the only ordinary run he has put in.
“I hope he bounces back.”
Red Ora has drawn barrier four. Shaun McGruddy takes the ride.