The Courier-Mail

Cup fancy stands out

- GIL­BERT GAR­DINER Sports · Horse Racing · South Australia · Cape Town · Istanbul · Aktau

EX­CIT­ING Mel­bourne Cup fancy Russian Camelot high­lighted a star-stud­ded cast of Flemington jump-outs on Mon­day with an au­thor­i­ta­tive track gal­lop.

The Group 1 South Aus­tralian Derby win­ner put in one of the more au­thor­i­ta­tive jump outs, sit­ting wide on speed and truck­ing through the line un­der a hold from jockey Damien Oliver over 1200m.

The 20-heat spring preview in­cluded 2019 Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Vow And De­clare, Blue Di­a­mond Stakes run­nerup Hanseatic, as well as Cup hope­fuls Ak­tau and Steel Prince.

Lind­say Park was well-rep­re­sented with Cape Of Good Hope and Con­stantino­ple blow­ing out the cob­webs, as did the vet­eran Hu­mi­dor.

Godol­phin-owned Hanseatic’s co­trainer Sam Freed­man was thrilled with the per­for­mance.

“He was a bit fresh and full of him­self but he tri­alled well on the bit,” Freed­man said.

“We’re happy with where he’s at, still got a bit of time up his sleeve, so he’s right where we want him.

Hanseatic will re­sume in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) on Septem­ber 2, with long-term plans to tar­get the Group 1 Moir Stakes and Cool­more Stud Stakes.

Hanseatic set­tled nicely be­hind the bar­ri­ers de­spite only ar­riv­ing at Flemington on Mon­day af­ter a good break at the Freed­mans’ sta­ble, Pinecliff, in Mt El­iza.

“Last cam­paign you needed the rider to get off him (be­hind the bar­ri­ers) and he’d walk straight in,” Freed­man said.

“He was re­ally well-be­haved be­hind the gates, I think it’s a sign he’s re­ally start­ing to grow up and ma­ture and just watch­ing the trial his stride looks a lot big­ger and he just looks stronger in his work.”

Hanseatic fin­ished fifth in his Heat 3 be­hind Pretty Brazen, Jerle, Fab­ric and Aris­tia.

Jye McNeil is likely to part­ner the colt in the McEwen.

“He was re­ally happy with him, (Jye) said he felt like he was re­ally want­ing to ex­plode,” Freed­man said. “He was quite soft on him in the last 50 or 100m.”

Mel­bourne Cup con­tender Steel Prince and 2019 Blue Di­a­mond Stakes win­ner Lyre also pleased the Freed­man yard.

Lyre, who placed in the Group 1 TAB Clas­sic and Good­wood in Ade­laide last prepa­ra­tion, is likely to have a lighter spring cam­paign with a view to­wards 2021 au­tumn targets.

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