Freeze Finds a Friend in Moody

Aug 06, 2014

Freeze Finds a Friend in Moody
Tara Madgwick - Thursday, 22 March 2012Peter Moody has a stable full of blue-bloods, but it was a two year-old by little known sire Freeze that gave him a smart winner at Sandown yesterday.

Talented filly Mareeza made it two wins in as many starts when she improved on her debut Bendigo win on March 4 to score a dominant victory in the restricted juvenile fillies event over 1200 metres.

Mareeza looked the real professional in settling third for Luke Nolen and then sprinting clear in the straight to win by nearly three lengths.

Mareeza is raced by a partnership that includes managing part-owner Richard Foster, who lives in Queensland and owns the filly's sire Freeze(pictured) , a stakes-placed half-brother by Marscay to successful sires Snippetson and fertility challenged Snowland.

"He's got a wrap on the stallion and he said to me to come up and have a look at half a dozen fillies in the paddock," Moody said.

"He said 'I want you to get a couple of these fillies down to Melbourne so I can get this stallion going'.

"Fortunately enough I chose this filly and another who has trialled extremely well at Cranbourne.

"Maybe we'll see a few of them (progeny of Freeze) in the sales ring now."

Mareeza is the first foal of metropolitan winning Fasliyev (USA) mare Marienkirche, who comes from the family of French Group I winner Treizieme.

She is one of 10 winners from 23 runners sired by Freeze, whose best offspring is Group III VRC Maribyrnong Plate winner Arctic Command.

Freeze covered very small books in his first few seasons at stud, but has covered more mares since moving to Springfields Stud in Queensland where he stood last spring at a fee of $6,600 and covered 48 mares.

A $400,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase back in 2002, Freeze is a blue-blood being a half-brother to Group I winner Snowland, Group II winner Portillo and stakes-winner Snippetson, so it will be no surprise to see him bob up with his share of winners given the opportunity.