TBNSW Breeders Update Winter/Spring 2018 - Page 4



Timeform Review
Timeform Review
of South Australian and Queensland Winter racing carnivals
By Alex Steedman, (photos courtesy of Martin King Sportspix)
Racing and Sports Timeform experts recap the key performances
through the Brisbane and Adelaide carnivals.
As the cream of the crop head out for spells after the autumn carnival,
the Brisbane and Adelaide carnivals provide the opportunity for quality
gallopers to move from the shadows of Australia’s best.
A dozen Group 1s were conducted across May and June with the winners
generally producing Timeform ratings which indicate they’ll be right in their
element racing through the 2018 spring.
Settled back in the capacity field,
Santa Ana Lane stayed close to
the fence and sprinted well to find
the front 50m from home before
drawing 1.3 lengths clear.
He was awarded a Timeform rating
of 120 for the display, a new career
peak and five pounds higher than
his previous best performance in
the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes during
the spring.
Santa Ana Lane ventured to
Queensland three weeks later for
the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap
(1350m).
As in the Goodwood, Santa Ana Lane
was ridden for luck and able to find
clear running along the rail. He
capitalised once in clear running,
hitting the lead 150m out before a
1.8 length win ensued.
The success yielded a Timeform rating
of 124, a figure which has Santa Ana
Lane measuring up well compared
to recent winners of the race.
Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega x Fast Fleet)
Five Year Olds
The Anthony Freedman-trained
Santa Ana Lane exits season
2017/18 as one of Australia’s most
improved older horses.
Prior to season 2017/18, Santa Ana
Lane’s biggest career win was as a
three-year-old in the 2016 Zeditave
Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
The gelded son of Lope De Vega is
now a multiple Group 1 winner.
Santa Ana Lane returned late in the
autumn following a prolonged spring
4
campaign which netted a victory
in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke
Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield before
a trip west for the Winterbottom
Stakes (1200m) in Perth where he
finished sixth.
Third run from a spell, the fiveyear-old claimed the first of two
Group 1 successes for the prep
when contesting the Group 1 Darley
Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville
on May 19.
Santa Ana Lane joins the likes of
Dane Ripper (1997), Show A Heart
(2002) and Black Piranha (2010)
as the equal second highest rated
winners of the Stradbroke Handicap.
Top spot belongs to the legendary
Rough Habit who won the 1992
Stradbroke with a victory awarded a
Timeform rating of 127.
A versatile sprinter with wins
ranging between 1100m and 1400m,
connections were hopeful after
the Stradbroke of securing a slot
for Santa Ana Lane in The Everest
(1200m) at Randwick on October 13.
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Winter/Spring 2018

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