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Weights mean Emotionless is likely to go straight to Caulfield Cup – Appleby

Emotionless makes all in the Steventon Stakes
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Emotionless, who ended a near three-year drought with an impressive victory at Newbury last Saturday, will be prepared for a tilt at the Caulfield Cup.

The Godolphin colt is unlikely to return before the October 20 contest after making all to record a comfortable victory in the Listed Steventon Stakes, the kind of performance he threatened to reach as a two-year-old.

The now gelded five-year-old had not won since September 2015, when he announced himself as a major contender for the 2,000 Guineas with a three-and-a-half-length win in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes.

Those aspirations were never fulfilled as Emotionless was lame after finishing last in the Dewhurst, limiting his three-year-old campaign to just two starts.

Emotionless has been partnered with Buick in eight of his ten starts
Trainer Charlie Appleby said on Wednesday: "As a two-year-old he always looked like a man amongst boys. Unfortunately in the Dewhurst he faced a setback, then he never got us excited as a three-year-old. I think he was still weak.

"He showed glimpses in Dubai, then on his last start there in January he was second to Benbatl, which was a good performance, but unfortunately he met with another setback."

He continued: "It was good to get him back on track at Newbury. We were pleased with his preparation and he didn't let us down. He couldn't have won any more impressively and has come out of the race well.

"We were contemplating giving him another run before we head to Australia but, where we are with the weights, we'll probably head straight to the Caulfield Cup."

Hamada was a comfortable winner the Gordon's Handicap at Newbury
Appleby declared Hamada a possible Melbourne Cup challenger after he completed a handicap hat-trick with a seven-length win at Newmarket, for which he earned an 11lb rise to 107, making a tilt at the Sky Bet Ebor "unlikely".

Appleby said: "He took a hike in the weights and is more likely to go for the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury.

"Our most interesting Ebor entry is First Nation, who runs on Friday at Ascot, his first outing for some time. Hopefully that'll put him right for the Ebor.

"Walton Street is a potential runner at Goodwood and we'll keep an eye on the Ebor as well. He has a nice progressive profile and is maturing all the time."


Marmelo to skip Ebor

Marmelo, who ran sixth in last year's Caulfield Cup and ninth in the Melbourne Cup, is also likely to miss the big York handicap.

Trainer Hughie Morrison said: "The Melbourne Cup is our objective. He'll probably run in the Prix Kergorlay, which he won last year."

Of his other Ebor entries, he said: "Nearly Caught was beaten a short head at Maisons-Laffitte, which proved beyond a shadow of doubt he doesn't go left-handed. Buzz is unlikely to get in but Fun Mac will probably run. He ran well on Sunday, though he's always run badly at York."


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We were pleased with his preparation going into Newbury and he didn't let us down. He couldn't have won any more impressively
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