Freedman Inherits Cool Chap, Senior Jockeys Nolen, Oliver and Stackhouse Receive Bans at Flemington

“Ridin’ high in April” took on additional meaning for trainer Lee Freedman, the beneficiary of Peter Moody’s decision to close his stables following his cobalt ban. Freedman picked up Cool Chap and his rider Daniel Stackhouse and the pair immediately saluted in the Listed VRC St. Leger at Flemington.

It would be safe to assume that Freedman did not peer into the mouth of Cool Chap, as that act of ingratitude might sour the good fortune.

It does appear, however, even though May is still a few days off, that “Shot down in May,” might be the purloined song lyric to describe the fortunes of Stackhouse. Cool Chap will need a different hoop in the near term, although the internationally pedigreed son of GB Epsom Derby winner High Chaparral might be loafing around the stable for a while, meaning that Stackhouse may be back from the minor suspension he earned for interference during the second race. He will miss rides aboard Basset and Hi World at this Saturday’s meeting at Caulfield.

Luke Nolen drew a six meeting suspension for his riding in the same race. Damien Oliver also received a seven-meeting ban for his improper shift in the VRC St Leger and excessive whip use on Swacadelic.

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