Late lunge seals it for Seismos

Martin Harley's persistence paid off as Seismos ground down his rivals in the last stride to win the Geoffrey Freer Stakes.

The Marco Botti-trained 11/1 chance kept on under pressure to wear down Willing Foe in the closing stages and take the Group Three honours by a neck.

It was a race in which the picture changed dramatically several times in the final two furlongs, but Harley's never-say-die ride ultimately prevailed.

Seal Of Approval came with a wet seal from last place to deny Red Cadeaux for third on the line, a length behind the two principals.

Harley said: "He travelled well and they went a good gallop. He stuck to his guns well."

With Botti in Chicago saddling runners at the valuable Arlington Million meeting, it was left to his assistant Mario Baratti to add: "He's a strong horse, a fighter and he needs them to go a good pace. He had good form in Germany and he's stayed well."

Asked about a possible tilt at the Melbourne Cup, Baratti added: "Marco isn't sure if he stays two miles. Maybe his best is a mile and five, but I'm sure we'll take him home and plan something."

Ed Dunlop said of dual Melbourne Cup runner- up Red Cadeaux: "He's a very hard horse to assess as he doesn't work very well at home any more, but I wanted to see him run well and he has done it again.

"He's still a legend. As long as Ronnie Arculli (owner) is happy, Australia's the plan and I would like to give him one more run before that.

"He's in the Irish Leger, the Grand Prix de Deauville, a Group One in Germany or he could go back to Australia early."