My Freedom wins opening race of new All-Weather Championships
Last Updated: 26/10/13 7:38pm
Silvestre de Sousa: Rode My Freedom
My Freedom, trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin, won the opening race of the new All-Weather Championships at Wolverhampton.
The five year old had had just two previous starts on the all-weather, winning once and the market spoke strongly in his favour in the seven-furlong Ladbrokes Handicap.
The 2/1 favourite scored by a length and a half from two horses trained by Marco Botti, Solar Deity (7/2) and Grey Mirage (6/1), who were separated by a half-length.
The winning jockey Silvestre de Sousa said: "He has done it well enough from a wide draw. He was spot on."
The third race on the card, the Class Two 32Red Handicap, was also worth over £12,000 to the winner and saw the James Tate-trained Bin Singspiel (7/2) win in excellent style.
The three year old took over the lead from Expert Fighter (3/1 Fav) entering the straight and ran on strongly under Luke Morris to score by four lengths with Kiama Bay another four and a half lengths back in third.
The winning rider said: "He has done it very well. He is an impressive horse and I would like to think he can go on to better things. He travelled through the race very smoothly and showed a good turn of foot.
"It has been a great year for me (this was his 141st winner) and hopefully there will be a few more to come."
Referring to the All-Weather Championships, the jockey added: "This is the boost that All-Weather racing needed."
The Tony Hamilton-ridden Maiden Approach (10/3), trained by Richard Fahey for Middleham Park Racing, had earlier made it third time lucky in the 32Red Casino British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden
The New Approach filly came through smoothly to win by a length from long-time leader Simply Black (9/2), with 6/4 favourite Bounty Girl a short-head back in third.