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Hickmott imports on track for return

Robert Hickmott's injured pair of German imports, Schabau and Django Freeman, are tracking positively ahead of their racetrack return next year.

A small lesion was found in the right-fore tendon of Schabau in March while Django Freeman required surgery for a bone chip in his knee shortly after his arrival in Australia in September.

"They will return to work in January to start their rehab preparations and then we'll go up north (to Queensland) with those two horses," Hickmott said.

"Schabau probably won't run up there but Django Freeman probably will and be aimed at the Doomben Cup. We'd then give him a short break up there ahead of the spring."

Schabau was one of the leading fancies for the 2019 Melbourne Cup after three-consecutive victories at Flemington.

The four-year-old entire won narrowly twice over 2000 metres in Benchmark handicaps during the first two months of this year before cruising to a 3.75-length victory in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington on March 2.

Django Freeman was imported to Australia after winning the G3 Bavarian Classic (2000m) as favourite at Munich on May 1 and finishing runner-up to Laccario in the G3 Union-Rennen (2200m) at Cologne on June 10 and G1 Deutsches Derby (2400m) at Hamburg on July 7.

Both Schabau and Django Freeman were acquired by bloodstock agent Suman Hedge.

Schabau, picture Quentinjlang.com

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