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Warning A Dream Come True for Duo
On Saturday at Flemington, 3YO Warning presented champion jockey Damien Oliver with a sixth win in the Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) when he stormed to victory in the time-honoured classic. In a dominant staying performance, Warning (Declaration Of War) raced clear at the top of the long straight and held out all his rivals with a first class display of stamina. Another big race win for leading trainer Anthony Freedman, Warning provided his son Sam and young bloodstock agent Will Johnson with an incredible result after they teamed up to purchase Warning as a yearling. The astute $65,000 purchase happened at the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale when Johnson and Freedman teamed up to secure Warning. The duo "hid" out the side door of the complex to bid and secure their future star. "A big thank you to Anthony Freedman - he's a fantastic trainer," Johnson, who is a bloodstock consultant with de Burgh Equine, said. “Sam Freedman and I worked together at Newmarket (in the UK) and we set about buying a horse just over 18 months ago together. We found Warning in Adelaide at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale and put a few mates from school in, and some of Anthony's long serving clients like John O'Neill." Warning was sold through the draft of Mill Park Stud at the Morphettville based Adelaide Yearling Sale last year. Mill Park also sold former Derby winner Rebel Raider, another Classic winner sold by Magic Millions. He is a son of Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes winner Declaration of War (War Front) and is from a Melbourne winning daughter of champion sire Galileo.