Robbie Fradd is enjoying a hot streak at the moment as he and his old adversary Jeff Lloyd go about teaching the young guns a thing or two in a blossoming new partnership.
Lloyd recently took up the management of Fradd after the pair spent many years competing against each other on the track in a number of countries.
Fradd has wound back the clock in November, riding a treble at Caloundra last Friday, a double at Doomben the following day and a winner from his only ride at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Fradd at one time was in the same stable as Lloyd being managed by Cameron Partington before joining the Glen Courtney team.
Fradd said he had no issue with Courtney, but wanted someone to more specifically concentrate on his rides and that’s when he approached Lloyd.
Lloyd took on the management of Sean Cormack some time ago, keen to see him secure more opportunities and he had no hesitation accepting the Fradd offer.
“I needed someone to concentrate on myself and Jeff is very good with his form and does track work as well,” Fradd said.
“It’s only been a short time, but he has been very good at picking rides for me.”
Lloyd managed his own rides for the last couple of years before retiring, priding himself on judging where horses can improve or are ready to win.
“He’s very good. He studies a lot,” Fradd said.
“We can go through the race together, discuss certain things, work out how we expect it to be run.
“Jeff rides work for Toby and Trent (Edmonds) most mornings and I go there on Tuesdays.
“It does help. We will gallop some together, other times he will work it out and let me know. He loves it.”
Fradd says the change has put a real spring in his step.
“I’m getting rides from people I’ve never got rides from before and winning on them,” he said.
“He’s done extremely well for me.”
Fradd has a good association with the Toby and Trent Edmonds stable, highlighted by this year’s Stradbroke with Tyzone and the combination has linked for three winners over the past two Saturdays.
They combine again on Saturday with Grey Missile in the Mooloolaba Cup.
“The grey horse galloped well Tuesday morning and I think the mile on the bigger track will suit him, because he will be in the first two where he likes to be,” Fradd said.
NICCA CAN EASE ORMAN’S COMMAND DISAPPOINTEMT
Jimmy Orman’s big summer hope might be bound for Hong Kong, but he still has an old favourite knocking on the door of another feature win at Caloundra on Saturday.
Orman piloted Command’n’conquer to a monster win first-up and the hulking gelding looked like being a potential summer star until news filtered through this week that Steve Tregea had accepted an offer to sell him to Hong Kong.
“It’s a bit disappointing, but Steve does what he’s got to do. It will be good to watch him race over there,” Orman said.
“I rate him pretty high. They don’t usually pick them up like he did the other day and he did it easily.”
Orman and Tregea link up with the old warrior Niccanova in the Mooloolaba Cup.
The trio almost pulled off this year’s Stradbroke after Orman put his body through hell to make the 53.5kg impost.
Niccanova subsequently had a fruitless trip to Sydney, before returning home and running a solid sixth in last week’s Keith Noud.
“The Sydney prep probably just took a bit of the sprint out of his legs and he found it too sharp last week,” Orman, who rode a treble at Beaudesert on Thursday, said.
“The mile will suit him now. I just have to get him relaxed in behind the speed. We don’t want him doing what he did in the Epsom and taking off.
“He goes good at the track. I should have won the Glasshouse on him last year and he was good again the last time he went there in January.
“I definitely think he can win.”
Meanwhile, Ben Thompson hopes Bleu Zebra can keep his winning run going when she resumes in Race 6.
“She gave me a great feel (in the trial). She has drawn a bit wide but it’s a very fair start and with the rail in the true position, I think she will get into a decent position,” he said.
“She has led her first two starts but she can be ridden with cover as well like she was in the trial when she finished off well.
“I will just try to get into a good position and hopefully she will be too good for them.”