Hamada To Be Set For Melbourne Cup

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Hamada has strengthened his claims for the with victory in the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes at .

The -owned -trained gelding has now won his four starts since returning from more than 18 months on the sidelines.

Although stepping up in class in the 2700m-race, the four-year-old was the 7-4 favourite in the hands of who positioned him in behind his pacesetting stable companion Walton Street.

When asked for his effort in the straight, Hamada strode clear to beat -bound by 2-1/2 lengths with Walton Street another nose third to put his claims in for a trip to Australia.

“We decided to swerve (at York next week) with both Hamada and Walton Street in the hope they would go to Newbury and confirm their slot for Australia,” Appleby told Press Association Sport.

“Hamada is getting better with racing and I feel he's got the right sort of profile to go to Australia.

“We'll find out what weights both horses get for next week. I'd quite like to go straight there (with Hamada) if possible, as he's had plenty of racing this year already, but it depends what weight he gets.”

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