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Just The One for Freedman

Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2011 - Two years ago a juvenile Australian colt looked sufficiently talented to pursue a lucrative Group One Golden Slipper campaign after graduating from a 4-1/2-length debut win to secure the Listed Festival Of Racing Stakes (1000m) at his next start.

Life - particularly in two year old racing - does not, however, always go to plan.

"We purchased Common Interest - as he was then known - as a stallion prospect” explains part owner John Messara. "He was a very sharp two year old but he got very colty whilst he was at the Freedman`s Melbourne stable so the owners collectively decided that the best decision was to geld him."

"With the prospect of a stallion career gone we took the option of sending the horse to Michael where in addition to the turf we also had the All-Weather."

Common Interest (More Than Ready by Common Smytzer, by Snippets) saw a name change to Better Be The One, and stamped his passport.

The now four year old has proven well suited to his new surrounds. His four starts since arriving in Singapore have yielded three wins (by a collective margin of 9.1 lengths) and a third placing. His latest start over 1200m on February 6th in the Kranji Stakes witnessed another easy 2.8 length victory and pushed the gelding`s lifetime career stats to 8 wins and two placings from 16 starts.

"The horse is proving himself as one of Singapore`s better sprinters," says Messara.

"One of the syndicate members suggested we bring the horse to Dubai for the World Cup Meeting. The 1000m Sprint - the Al Quoz - looked suitable so we did some work on the ratings. Better Be The One came up competitive so we elected to go ahead."

It is not the first time a Freedman has been associated with a World Cup Night runner. In 2006 brother Lee campaigned Perfect Promise in the Dubai Duty Free (1700m). The mare finished sixth.
Five years on, Michael stands at Meydan watching his four year old charge put through his paces.

"Everything is good," says Freedman. "The horse had a good look around this morning and he has settled in well. Danny [Beasley] can give him a good look down the straight tomorrow. He has been up the straight a few times in Australia but this grandstand does add a new dimension. Having a look at him today though I don`t think he will need a lot of work this week."

The horse`s Singaporean owners plus Australia`s John Messara (Arrowfield Stud Chairman), well known Australian radio broadcaster Alan Jones and syndicator Julian Blaxland will also be on hand at Meydan on Saturday.

"We`re very excited. It`s always a great night`s racing in Dubai!" says Messara.