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29/06/02 Hawkes Pegs Back Freedman's Lead
A winning 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 to one.

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 liner.

"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.

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