ANTHONY & SAM FREEDMAN

There are few names more synonymous with Australian racing than Freedman. In the mid-1980s, the Freedman Brothers Incorporated - or FBI - began their domination down under as Anthony, Richard and Lee - later joined by Michael - developed a remarkable training empire.

During this time Anthony, Richard and Lee (under Lee's license) won a remarkable five Melbourne Cups, bettered only by Bart Cummings. In addition to those Melbourne Cups, the Freedman team went on to win four Caulfield Cups, four Golden Slippers, eight Derbys, 11 Oaks, two Cox Plates and many other feature races. 

Anthony took out his own license in the 2011-12 season, and almost gave the brothers their sixth Melbourne Cup winner when Lucas Cranach finished a game third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup behind Dunaden. Anthony trained his first Group 1 winner in his own right when Mawingo won the 2012 Doomben Cup, before Lee and Anthony rejoined forces again in 2014. 

Upon Lee's departure to Singapore in 2017, Anthony once again went out on his own, but with his sights set on adding a new member to the Freedman dynasty - youngest son Sam, who travelled to England to play cricket and spent two years working for leading European trainer Roger Varian as his pupil assistant. At the Varian yard, Sam was fortunate enough to work closely with leading international galloper Postponed as well as other Group 1 winners Belardo, Ajman Princess and Sheikha Reika.

Sam returned to Australia in late 2017 to rejoin his father’s stable, bringing a wealth of knowledge from his time overseas and an eagerness to continue building on what he has learnt abroad. In August, 2020, he officially joined his father in a training partnership, with the pair recording their first Group 1 win with Artorius' Blue Diamond Stakes triumph in 2021.