Trainer, StarLadies Australia
Anthony is the third eldest of racing’s famous Freedman brothers. He has been in integral part of the vast Freedman Racing operation since the mid-1980s.
After Anthony completed Year 12 at Canberra Grammar, he joined his brothers Lee and Richard, as an assistant, at Warwick Farm in 1983. He was part of the move to Melbourne, training out of Flemington, in 1984.
Lee held the licence but the brothers worked as a team. A few years later, youngest brother, Michael, joined the team.
Late in 1992, Anthony pioneered the Freedman brothers’ first foray interstate, when he opened a stable at Randwick. That first year in Sydney, Anthony (under Lee’s licence) prepared Bint Marscay to win the 1993 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill.
Anthony, who has a keen eye for a yearling, is heavily involved in the yearling sale inspection process. It was Anthony who selected and bought Naturalism as a yearling for only $35,000. And he also selected Mummify ($60,000) and True Glo ($40,000) out of the Adelaide Sales.
After their move to Markdel, Anthony worked in partnership with Lee, where he specialized in developing two-year-olds. He did that until Lee decided to hand in his licence in August 2011. By that time, Freedman Racing had produced 124 Group 1 winners. Their record includes five Melbourne Cups, four Caulfield Cups, four Golden Slippers, two Cox Plates, eight Derbys, eleven Oaks, three Newmarket Handicaps and seven Victorian Metropolitan Trainer’s Premierships.
Anthony became head trainer since the start of the 2011-2012 season, and almost gave the brothers their sixth Melbourne Cup winner when Lucas Cranach finished a game third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup behind Dunaden.
He trained his first official Group 1 winner shortly after, when Mawingo won the 2012 Doomben Cup at Doomben, in Brisbane, on May 19. That first season at Markdel, he ended the meet with an impressive record of 40 city winners (49 provincial), four Group wins and eight Listed wins at a 15.6% strike rate.
At the start of the 2012-2013 race season, he formed Anthony Freedman Racing, and since then has trained over 400 winners. His brother Lee, re-joined the partnership in 2014 for four seasons before Lee departed for Singapore.
Anthony is married to Melissa. They have three children, Charlie, Matilda and Sam.