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Freedman anoints top Group 1 pick

Sam Freedman has anointed Warning as the pick of his father's team set to compete for Group 1 riches at Randwick on Saturday.

The Victoria Derby winner headlines a strong G1 team for Anthony Freedman, who will also have Super Seth and Homesman in the Doncaster Mile and Santa Ana Lane in the T.J. Smith Stakes.

Sam Freedman said Warning, who will contest the Australian Derby (2400m), should be able to put himself into the race from barrier 10 on a predicted wet track at Randwick.

"He seems like he has had a really good prep this time in. It's been very similar to his campaign in the spring where he sort of flew under the radar a little bit," Freedman said.

"Until he gets out to that mile-and-a-half, he's probably not as effective. Now he is out to this trip we can be really positive on him.

"We think he is the most talented stayer in that field and hopefully he can show it Saturday."

However, history suggests completing the VRC and Australian Derby double is tough, with only Mahogany and Dulcify achieving the feat since 1979.

Speedster Santa Ana Lane tackles one of the hottest T.J. Smith Stakes fields in recent history with Tim Clark riding from barrier two.

"He's had a pretty similar preparation to what he's had last year," Freedman told RSN927.

"Everything seems like it's in exactly the same order."

Super Seth will be ridden by Robbie Dolan from barrier two, while Homesman has drawn in barrier 22 for Nash Rawiller in the Doncaster Mile.

"As long as he gets cover, he gets himself into a nice rhythm so we will be using that barrier," Freedman said of Super Seth.

"Being behind the speed somewhere in the first six I would imagine. He is quite poorly weighted really in that race.

"He is giving a horse like Brandenburg 4.5kg, but I suppose that's the price you pay for being a Group 1 winner."

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