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Oceanographer Wins Gr3 Lexus Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, 5YO UK-bred gelding Oceanographer (Sea the Stars-Que Puntual, by Contested Bid) announced himself as a serious Melbourne Cup contender when powering home from last on the turn to score by 0.4 length for trainer Charlie Appleby in the $300,000 Gr3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) for 3YO+, over 6YO Irish-bred gelding Tom Melbourne (Dylan Thomas-Roshanak, by Spinning World) & 4YO entire Tally (Street Cry-Itemise, by Kris S). Oceanographer, who improved his record to 5 wins and 1 placing (the Gr3 Geelong RC Geelong Cup) from 11 starts for $271,311 earnings. Such was the dominant nature of his win, that Oceanographer is now $6 second favourite behind fellow Godolphin galloper Hartnell ($5) for tomorrow's $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m). "Whether he can win the Cup I don't know, but he can back up for sure," said trainer Charlie Appleby. "He came out of the last race so well, bucking and kicking, and the sunshine on his back will do him a power of good."