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Efflorescence dominates in font running win

Efflorescence dominates in font running win

Efflorescence was truly dominant getting off the mark with victory at Ballarat as Anthony Freedman trains his first winner for Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

Following two promising efforts the son of I Am Invincible was sent off favourite for the 1400m contest on the synthetic track and was given a very positive ride from Billy Egan.

Firing out from the barriers the colt was soon in a commanding lead with first-time blinkers seemingly giving him a renewed focus. Always at least a length in front, he kicked for home around the turn. Any concerns the Phoenix Thoroughbreds owned runner had gone two quickly were quickly dismissed as he found another gear with a furlong and a half to go and ran out a two and half-length winner.

“His jump-outs have been excellent,” assistant trainer Sam Freedman told racing.com post-race. “He just got caught wide at Swan Hill (last time) and the blinkers going on and out to 1400 it was a really good result particularly for Phoenix Thoroughbreds who put a lot into the industry. They’ve supported us with a couple of horses and this is our first runner for them so we’re very happy to get a result for them.

“It was a lot more professional today than he has been in his first two starts. He’s been a bit slow away and he’s just been a bit raw. He’s a horse that’s probably six months away from filling out into his frame and hopefully he\s a colt that can so a bit of promise with a short break under his belt.”

All things being equal it’s likely the colt will now have a short spell and return with an eye to step him up in class in the near future.