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Our Ivanhowe Wins Gr1 Doomben Cup
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, 6YO German-bred stayer Our Ivanhowe (Soldier Hollow-Indigo Girl, by Sternkönig) registered his third Gr1 win and his first since arriving in Australia when scoring by 0.4-length for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman in the $650,000 Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Hauraki (Reset-Youthful Presence, by Dehere) & 5YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy). Our Ivanhowe improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern & Gr1 Grosser Preis von Bayern) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Cup) from 19 starts for $1,338,913 earnings. Co-trainer Anthony Freedman said it was a relief to see the high class stayer finally break through for a big race success in his adopted homeland. "It hasn't been easy. He's got issues...obviously he has high ability but he hasn't had a lot of luck in a lot of his races," Freedman told Sky Racing. "He probably should have run in the first three in the Melbourne Cup, and in the Australian Cup he was unlucky...but fortunately he got to the outside today and had momentum and was able to finish off." Freedman added: "He's hard work but hopefully we've got him going now." Freedman said a decision would be made in the next week as to whether Our Ivanhowe presses on to the Gr2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on 11 June or is put away for the spring. "We'll just let the dust settle," Anthony said. "He's had quite a long prep. He was racing in February and we're nearly in June now. We'll sit down this week and work out where we go." Formerly trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho, Our Ivanhowe was a dual Gr1 winner of the Grosser Preis von Bayern (2400m) and Grosser Preis von Bayern, in which he defeated subsequent German Derby winner Sea The Moon. Testament to Our Ivanhowe's class is the fact that he polled third behind Sea The Moon and Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in Germany's Horse of the Year award last year.