double for the all cerise at today's Flemington card has turned the Melbourne training
premiership into a thriller with Lee Freedman's lead over John Hawkes narrowing to one.
Hawkes was three winners behind Freedman at the start of today's
Flemington meeting and after his two winners - Palais and Boreale - that lead had closed
The double was completed late in the afternoon when Darren
Gauci booted home Boreale to win the Dulcify Handicap (2000m) in dashing style.
A son of the former champion Hawkes galloper Octagonal,
Boreale made it back to back Melbourne wins with today's success. He was a last start
winner over 2040 metres at Moonee Valley.
Hawkes' son and Melbourne stable foreman Wayne said Boreale
was a "very good" horse without thinking he was going to be a potential top
"Look he's nothing like his daddy (Octagonal) or mum
(Spring Thaw), but he is a nice horse," Hawkes said. "Spring Thaw was a very
good mare and she's done a good job at stud with Donar and The North."
Freedman only had one runner at today's meeting, the
unplaced favourite Filming, in the last race.