Santa Ana Lane will get a third opportunity to finally win the $15 million The TAB Everest after being selected by slot-holder Coolmore on Tuesday evening.
And top sprinters Trekking and Eduardo are also close to earning starts in the world’s richest turf race at Royal Randwick on October 17.
Tom Magnier, the Coolmore supremo, confirmed that they had selected Santa Ana Lane for their slot in the big race.
“Coolmore has a longstanding relationship with the Freedman family and we are delighted to partner with Anthony and Sam with Santa Ana Lane in this year’s Everest” said Coolmore’s Tom Magnier.
He’s one of Australia’s most popular sprinters and now Santa Ana Lane has been selected to make his third appearance in The Everest.Source:Getty Images
“Santa Ana Lane is out of a Fastnet Rock mare and he is one of the best sprinters we have seen in the past decade.
“Anthony and Sam are very happy with the horse and we believe if he brings his best, he will be hard to beat.”
Coolmore is chasing successive Everests after sharing in the ownership of last year’s winner, Yes Yes Yes, the first three-year-old to win the race.,
Santa Ana Lane was runner-up in both the 2019 Everest behind Yes Yes Yes and 2020 Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes behind Nature Strip, both run over 1200 metres at Randwick.
“It’s a great privilege to have Santa Ana Lane in the Everest for the third year running” said co-trainer Anthony Freedman.
Santa Ana Lane at Freedman racing stables with strapper Louise Flynn.Source:News Corp Australia
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“Given his record at Randwick over 1200m we were confident he would receive a slot so it has been our sole focus this preparation. It’s a race that continues to grow in popularity each year and we are proud to be involved.
“We’re very pleased to be teaming up with Coolmore as they have been long time clients of the stable.’’
Santa Ana Lane’s ownership group, the William Street Syndicate, are hoping it’s third time lucky for their talented eight-year-old Santa Ana Lane.
“It’s very exciting to have Santa Ana Lane in the race for the third time,” said William Street Syndicate co-manager Michael Clemenger.
“It’s great to join with Coolmore to race our five-time Group 1 winner and we are hopeful he can go one better than last year.”
Santa Ana Lane will resume in Saturday’s Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. No jockey has been booked for The TAB Everest.
Santa Ana Lane has raced 41 times for 10 wins, four seconds and five thirds.Source:News Corp Australia
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Originally published asSanta touches down early for The Everest
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