Freedman to depart Kranji, take up stables on the Gold Coast

Lee Freedman will leave the Kranji training ranks in the New Year.

Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman is set to leave the Kranji training ranks early next year and return to where it all began in 1983 – the Gold Coast, Australia.

Freedman will return to Australia in early March after accepting an offer from the Gold Coast Turf Club (GCTC), where his prolific training career commenced in the early 1980s.

Freedman, who has been in Singapore since 2017, won the Singapore trainers’ premiership in 2018, finished sixth the following year and third in 2020. The Singapore Gold Cup, Singapore Derby and Singapore Guineas were amongst some of his biggest local wins.

Freedman said in a statement: “Ian Brown, the GCTC racing manager, has outlined the huge infrastructure development plans for the club, culminating in night racing as of 2022,” said Freedman.

“I believe these developments, plus the healthy prize money in south-easy Queensland will elevate the GCTC to an even more exciting racing destination.

“I have throughout enjoyed my time training in Singapore, and I offer my thanks to the owners who have supported the stable over my three and a half years here.

“Now is the right time to renew my ambitions in Australia and I look forward to reconnecting with my Australian owner base, as well as continue yo train horses in Australia for my Hong Kong, Singaporean and Thai clients that have supported me so much in recent year.”