Wymark to chase Australian Derby glory after Rosehill win

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Talented three-year-old Wymark will be put on a Classic path after a strong win against older horses at on Saturday.

The -trained son of made it three wins in succession with Saturday's metropolitan victory following a pair of soft victories at Newcastle.

Wymark set a new track record for the Newcastle 1850m when winning his start prior by a whopping 9.25 lengths and produced another impressive performance when scoring by just under three lengths on Saturday under a perfect ride.

Having put in some good performances at two, including a luckless third behind subsequent multiple Group One winner Militarize on debut, Freedman believes gelding the well-related youngster has helped make the horse.

“He has probably surprised me a little bit with how much he has kept improving as I have stretched his races out, as early doors I thought he was a 1400m-miler type,” Freedman said.

“But since we gelded him and brought him back this preparation he has just kept getting better and better.

“It's exciting. We will have a look at the (Group 2, 2000m) in two weeks' time and then see what happens after that.”

Freedman is keen to follow a preparation similar to , who finished runner-up in last year's Stakes before landing the Group 1 (2400m), which shapes as a natural target.

“It has been an interesting form race this over the past couple of years,” Freedman said.

“Major Beel finished fourth in it last year and then went on and won the Derby and Benaud of John O'Shea's did something similar (fifth) and ran second in the Derby.

“I think he is an exciting young horse for sure.”

With 54.5kgs on his back, Wymark carried a half-kilo over his carded weight, but it mattered little.

Winning Tommy Berry was not surprised by the ease of the win after an impressive piece of work mid-week.

“I galloped him on morning and he just put in one of those staying pieces of work that said ‘you're ready to go to the next step and put your hand up',” Berry said.

“He has done it against the older horses today at a half (kilogram over) and he did it so well and was very strong through the line.

“If you can find a stayer with a turn of foot, it's gold.

“Michael has done a great job taking him through his grades. He gave him a couple of confidence-boosting wins at Newcastle and he is a horse full of confidence and so are we now.”

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