The rumour mill continues to grind away with talk that top Melbourne mentor Lee Freedman will be training in Hong Kong next season. The latest stories suggest that Freedman will be accompanied to Hong Kong by his brother Anthony. His youngest brother Michael is tipped to take over the stable's training licence in Melbourne while another brother, Richard, will remain the Freedman's spokesperson. Also doing the rounds is the rumour that Flemington trainer John Meagher, who has a number of Hong Kong clients, will soon be moving to Singapore to train. Outstanding New Zealand filly Sunline is to tackle the rich Australian Triple Crown in Melbourne beginning with the A$400,000 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1,600 metres) at Caulfield on February 20. By Desert Sun - a sire with a number of capable performers in Hong Kong - Sunline is, according to her trainer Trevor McKee, 'better than ever'. 'I can't see a filly as good as her around,' McKee said after Sunline carried 62.5 kilograms to her eighth consecutive victory at Ellerslie this week. Former Hong Kong jockey Larry Cassidy, who made the flight across the Tasman to renew his association with the filly, agreed. 'She feels stronger and more relaxed than when I rode her in the spring,' said Cassidy of Sunline, who conceded 10kg to the second place getter Delphic. However, commitments in Sydney for the all-powerful Woodlands Stud Syndicate of Bob and Jack Ingham may prevent him from riding Sunline in the Angus Armanasco Stakes. The brilliant La Baraka - raced by former Hong Kong identities Gilbert and Barbara Donnay - has been retired from racing. Attempts were being made to bring La Baraka back for the rich sprint races coming up in Melbourne and Sydney over the next few months. But trainer Peter Hayes said the four-year-old was being plagued by hoof problems, which restricted her career to just 10 races. She won six of those - featuring the Group One Galaxy (1,100 metres) at Randwick - and earned A$641,780. However, the loss of La Baraka has been softened for the Donnays by the presence of Rory's Jester two-year-old Galejade. At only her second racecourse appearance produced a powerful finishing burst to easily win the Sunday Mail Handicap (1,050 metres) in record time at Morphettville last weekend. 'She looked quite promising in winning,' Hayes said of Galejade. 'We'll be looking for a better class of race, probably in Melbourne, for her in the future.' Former Hong Kong jockey Greg Hall, who resumes riding at Moonee Valey today, will be returning to the saddle on a high. Hall, who was injured in a fall at Flemington on December 12, has been engaged by trainer Laurie Laxon to ride Champagne. The partnership will begin when Hall rides the Zabeel four-year-old in the Group One Waikato Sprint (1,400 metres) at Te Rapa next Saturday. After that Champagne will be aimed at the A$1.25 million Australian Cup (2,000 metres) at Flemington on March 8. Providing everything goes according to plan Laxon intends campaigning Champagne in the US later in the year. The race will be her first appearance since finishing a gallant second to Jezabeel in the Melbourne Cup with Glen Boss aboard.