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Hanseatic hype justified

Anthony Freedman and Luke Currie are perfectly positioned to win successive Blue Diamonds after Hanseatic demolished his opposition in Saturday's $140,000 Listed Neds Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for colts and geldings at Caulfield.

Freedman and Currie had spoken openly about Hanseatic's high quality in the days leading into his resumption at Caulfield.

And their words weren't hollow as Hanseatic settled wide minus cover from his outside barrier in the field of 11 and secured victory with a blistering 10.62-second split from the 400 to 200-metre marks.

Currie eased Hanseatic ($2.10 favourite) down over the final 200m en route to a comfortable 2.5-length win, with Glenfiddich ($10) runner-up and Fixated ($7.50) and Toscanini ($26) catching the eye late off interrupted runs for third and fourth respectively.

But it's hard to imagine any horses finishing behind Hanseatic troubling him at Caulfield over the next month and bookies agreed. BetEasy cut his price from $8 into $3.40 favourite.

Hanseatic and Luke Currie, picture Quentinjlang.com

"Going forward to bigger races you obviously want to see performances like that," Freedman said.

"He'll improve out of today and I probably will run him in two weeks because of that.

"I don't always think that way (of running in the Preview, Prelude and Blue Diamond Stakes) but I think this colt might need the racing and the routine of race day.

"He was a bit hot before his debut at Sandown, he was a bit hot today so hopefully that'll improve."

Currie is confident that Hanseatic will only improve over the next month and will have no trouble seeing out 1200m later this campaign.

Currie has ridden six two-year-old winners this season with four of those at Listed level but the main success came aboard Away Game a fortnight ago in the $2m Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

Away Game will be campaigned towards the Golden Slipper, meaning Currie will have no selection headaches prior to the Blue Diamond.

Currie and Freedman won last year's Blue Diamond Stakes with the Godolphin-owned Lyre.

Hanseatic, picture Quentinjlang.com

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