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Will Ain’tnodeeldun take up Ballarat option

Ain'Tnodeeldun will likely make his way to Ballarat but that does not mean he is assured of starting. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained galloper is down to run in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2000m) on Saturday, but a start is all dependant on track conditions. 

Saturday's track is rated a Good 4, but thunderstorms are predicted on Friday evening with 3-20mm of rain forecast on Saturday. Sam Freedman said if the track was in the early Soft range, a five or six, then Ain'tnodeeldun could run. 

"He's going super, he just needs a good track," Freedman said. "He'll run very well, but if the rain comes, we'll pull him out again. He's going so well we don't want to have him lose his confidence on a bad track." 

Ain'tnodeeldun was a scratching from the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield last Saturday following a number of downgrades during the day. That is one thing that Freedman is concerned about, rain falling through the day. 

"If it came up heavy in the morning, we'll just pull him out, but it's not hurting him going to the races as he's going so well anyway. It can take the edge off him, the trip up and back." 

Freedman revealed after Ain'tnodeeldun was scratched from Caulfield last week, he had a gallop on the treadmill back at their Flemington base before another gallop at Moonee Valley on Monday. 

"He's fit, but you have to think on your feet when you go to the races, and it rains," Freedman said. 

"If he doesn't run on Saturday, there's Benchmark 100 races over the next month or so, or he could even run in the [Listed] Lord Stakes. We'll just wait and see." 

Freedman praised the owners of the six-year-old Ain'tnodeeldun who is the winner of seven of his 21 starts having started his career back in 2020. 

"When he was a colt, there were high expectations," Freedman said. "But now it's about maximising what we can with him, keep him sound and happy and run him where he's best suited. We're just trying to look after him and continue his winning streak."

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