Chris Bieg ready to cash in with Free of Debt


“The Unencumbereds hadn’t really done a lot when I bought him on type. He just looked a beautiful mover and looked like he would run early,” Bieg said.

“We just offered him to stable clients and he was easy to sell but we were just thinking about winning in Adelaide.

“We didn’t enter him for any two-year-old races, we didn’t enter any of our horses because we didn’t think that big, but he has just taken every step up we have asked.

“Aquis took an interest after Flemington and they helped pay the $55,000 late nomination for the Blue Diamond and when he went so well there we thought why not the Slipper.

“It is worth having a crack at it with him because he is still going well.”

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Free Of Debt won a Randwick barrier trial last Thursday with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle and it has ticked two boxes.

“He got on his right leg for the Sydney way and Dwayne said he loved the heavy ground,” Bieg said. “It looks like it might be wet, it is a plus he handles it.

“It is good to have Dwayne, who is a mate of one of the owners, on the team because he knows how to win these big races.”

Bieg has built his team from one horse to 24 in eight years ago when he was working in a feed store.

“I got someone to show me how to put a head collar when I started and we have gone from there,” Bieg said.

“You dream of getting nice horses but to tell you the honest truth I wasn’t thinking about Sydney at all with him because we only watch racing.com at home because that is what our racing is on. I wouldn’t have watched a Sydney race for a while.

“Even the Blue Diamond was beyond my imagination.”

Bieg and his owners are getting a free shot at one the biggest prizes in Australian racing as Free Of Debt has won more than $200,000 in stakes but the excitement extends to the rest of Saturday’s card at Rosehill.

“We had a great day at the Blue Diamond and there will be a big team of us again this week. They will be coming into Sydney over the next few days and they are excited to see Winx as well,” he said.

All Golden Slipper runners were checked by Racing NSW vets on Monday and the only concern was Blue Diamond runner-up Lankan Star, which had a slightly restricted action. She will be allowed to accept on Tuesday and assessed late in the week.

Meanwhile, Arrowfield boss John Messara will receive an IFHA International Award of Merit for lifelong contribution to thoroughbred racing at dinner before the second day of The Championships.

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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