Lee Freedman set for move to begin training in Singapore

General

One of Australia’s most decorated horse trainers of the past 30 years, Lee Freedman, is poised to move to Singapore in the next three months and purchase one of that country’s most lucrative training operations.

The Hall Of Fame trainer held talks with Singaporean officials last week seeking a training license, and is also in negotiations to purchase the huge training business of Laurie Laxon.

Freedman is hoping to purchase Laxon’s training base as Laxon will be heading back to New Zealand after 17 years as one of Singapore’s most successful horsemen.

Laxon confirmed to Fairfax Media that he was returning to New Zealand to train privately for Sir Peter Vella and was also in talks with Freedman about selling his business to the Australian trainer.

“He spent two nights here in Singapore last week. Our talks have come a long way and at the same time he has applied for a licence to train here.

“I’ve had a very successful 17 years in Singapore, the country has been good to me but I’m now going to pursue another career back in New Zealand but having said that I believe Lee will fit perfectly into the system,” he said.

Fairfax Media has attempted to contact Freedman.

The Freedman dynasty has been one of Australia’s most remarkable racing stories with Lee and his three younger brothers, Michael, Richard and Anthony, all holding licences in Australia.

Michael has just accepted an offer to train in Hong Kong, with Lee returning from the racing wilderness two years ago to train in partnership with his brother Anthony.

It would mean that the Freedman family would have a significant grip on Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne racing if Freedman is accepted to train in Singapore.

It’s expected that the Singapore Racing Club will approve Freedman’s application as his younger brother Michael prepared horses successfully for a number of years in Singapore before leaving to train in Hong Kong.

Laxon himself is a Melbourne Cup winning trainer (Empire Rose) and along with his former wife, Sheila, boasts a unique record – they’ve both won a Melbourne Cup. Sheila prepared Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Ethereal.

It’s understood that Anthony Freedman will continue with the business in Melbourne.

Lee Freedman boasts one of the most impressive training records in Australian racing history.

He has prepared 124 Group 1 winners, and a further three in partnership with brother Anthony and five Melbourne Cup winners (Tawriffic 1989, Subzero 1992, Doriemus 1995, Makybe Diva 2004-05).

He has won four Caulfield Cups (Mannerism 1992, Paris Lane 1994, Doriemus 1995, Mummify 2003), four Golden Slipper Stakes (Bint Marscay 1993, Danzero 1994, Flying Spur 1995, Merlene 1996), two Cox Plates (Super Impose 1992, Makybe Diva 2005) and seven Melbourne training premierships.