First time lucky for Schutz
Trainer Andreas Schutz quickly turned the fortunes of Viva Freedom, preparing his newly acquired charge for a first-up win for the stable with a little help from a brilliant Oliver Doleuze ride. Formerly prepared by Peter Ho Leung, Viva Freedom had just three starts for a third, before being transferred to Schutz, who struck it lucky first time out in the Leipzig Handicap (1,400m). 'As soon as I got him, I could work with him, there was nothing wrong with him, his work has been quite promising and I was reasonably confident going into this race,' Schutz said. 'He had some strong gallops, and was actually a bit too keen in some of his work trying to overdo things, which is why I didn't want to give him a trial. I've just concentrated on keeping him quiet in his morning work and getting him fit for this. Olivier made sure he had plenty of room and got the run when he needed it, it was pretty to watch.'