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Timeform Review - 2018 Stradbroke Handicap

Timeform Review of the 2018 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap

Timeform Review - 2018 Stradbroke Handicap

Santa Ana Lane has made it back to back Group 1 wins when taking out the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Santa Ana Lane
Santa Ana Lane Picture:Racing and Sports

Last seen when claiming the Group 1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville in May, Santa Ana Lane Horseform stepped out at double figure odds on a heavy track on Saturday with Ben Melham remaining on board.


Settling around midfield for much of the race along the rail, Melham was able to continue his run along the inside in the straight, hitting the lead at the 150m before running away to win comfortably from Super Cash Horseform in second, just under two lengths away and the favourite Champagne Cuddles Horseform third.

Running to a new career peak Timeform figure of 120 when winning The Goodwood, the Anthony Freedman-trained runner was able to improve again off that effort to return a Timeform figure of 124.

Now with three Group 1 victories under his best, the five-year-old gelding has won seven of his 27 starts, amassing over $2 million in prizemoney.

Santa Ana Lane measures up very well to recent winners of the race, running five pounds above 2017 winner Impending and is the highest rated winner of the race since Black Piranha in 2010 who also ran to 124.

Interestingly no horse had won carrying that sort of weight since Black Piranha who also carried the 55.5kg to victory.

Of the beaten runner, Super Cash in second who also came out of the Goodwood when fourth ran to 110 with the Favourtie Champagne Cuddles in third running to a Timeform figure of 109, four pounds below her effort in the Kingsford-Smith Cup the previous start.

Connections will be now hoping for a start in the $13 million Everest in the Spring, proven over the 1200m in races like the Goodwood.

The Autumn Sun
The Autumn Sun Picture:Steve Hart

The following race saw boom two-year-old colt The Autumn Sun Horseform make it three wins from as many starts when taking out the Group 1 J.J Atkins (1600m).

Caught three wide when settling in the second half of the field, The Autumn Sun ridden by Kerrin McEvoy was able to come wide on the turn and make good ground in the straight to edge out stablemate Zousain Horseform in second with Fundamentalist Horseform third.

The Chris Waller-trained runner returned a new career peak Timeform figure of 113+, five pounds above his previous win over 1400m at Randwick.

The son of Redoute’s Choice measures up pretty well to recent winners, seven pounds above 2017 winner Capital Gain and just two pounds below 2016 winner Sacred Elixir who ran to 115p.

With this only his third career outing, you would expect The Autumn Sun to make significant improvement in the spring with the likes of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas a target for the rising three-year-old.

A former Chris Waller-trained runner Press Statement claimed the JJ Atkins-Caulfield Guineas double in 2015, running to a Timeform figure of 114p when winning the Atkins.

Second placegetter Zousain who ran to a new career peak Timeform figure of 112 is likely to remain over the shorter trips and target a race like the Group 1 Golden Rose.

Fundamentalist who was good in third and has shown plenty in her six starts to date also ran to a new peak rating of 104 and could also be one to watch going into the spring.

Dark Dream
Dark Dream Picture:Steve Hart

The final feature race on the card saw a very close finish with Dark Dream Horseform edging out Heavenly thought Horseform by a head after both runners settled on the speed, Youngstar Horseform running from last to finish three lengths away in third.

Dark Dream who is yet to miss the placings from 10 career starts, winning four of them, ran to a new career peak Timeform figure of 114, two pounds above his win in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m).

Dark Dream ran four pounds below 2017 winner Ruthven and one pound above 2016 winner Eagle Way.

Heavenly Thought followed up his two wins with yet another strong showing and ran to new career peak rating of 113, five pounds above his win in the Group 3 Gran Prix the start prior.

Youngstar who had won her four starts prior including the Queensland Oaks was the only filly in the race and made very good ground in the straight, returning a Timeform figure of 104, three pounds below her win in the Oaks.

Racing And Sports



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R5 DOOMBEN 9 June 2018
Stradbroke Hcp , 1350m
Race Synopsis: Santa Ana Lane followed his impressive late-closing victory in The Goodwood (Gr 1, 1200m) at Morphettville on 19 May with another Group One victory here, his third from 27 starts to date. He settled a bit closer from a better barrier (3) in seventh place on the rails, got along the inner from the home turn, hit the front approaching the 100m and drew clear to win well. Andrew Noblet-trained mare Super Cash, who had finished fourth behind Santa Ana Lane in The Goodwood, raced in fifth (wide with cover), moved up well at the home turn and then battled gamely for a very good second. The favourite Champagne Cuddles enjoyed a good trip from her inside barrier (1) in third place on the rails, briefly looked dangerous when she put in a run on straightening and then fought well to take third after seeming to have had every chance. Crack Me Up was tenth, between runners, made a wide move nearing the home turn and kept running on really well for fourth, beaten just over two lengths. Perast led the field and despite a tendency to hang out a bit from the 600m, was still on front on straightening. He then held on for (2.2 lengths) fifth. Shillelagh was midfield to the home turn and battled on along the rails for (3.2 lengths) sixth while multiple Group One winner Impending raced in eighth place, looked for a split on turning for home but was never fully clear and went to the post under his top weight (57.5kg) in restricted room for (3.4 lengths) seventh.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
2. SANTA ANA LANE (AUS)
6yo Gelding
ANTHONY FREEDMAN
BEN MELHAM
55.5
$13.00
 
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - FAST FLEET (AUS)
William St (Mgr: M A Ramsden)
2nd  
13. SUPER CASH (AUS)
6yo Mare
ANDREW NOBLET
JAMIE KAH
51.5
$31.00
 
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - SUPER BUCKS (AUS)
S B Millar, P J Robinson & M S Millar
3rd  
16. CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES (AUS)
4yo Mare
BJORN BAKER
COREY BROWN
51.0
$5.00
 
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - SKY CUDDLE (AUS)
Champagne Ladies (Mgr: Mrs M J Hardy)
 Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Scone NSW, Psd $180,000 Res $200,000
 
4th  3. CRACK ME UP (NZ)
5yo Gelding
LIAM BIRCHLEY
JIM BYRNE
53.5
$21.00
5th  15. PERAST (AUS)
4yo H
PAUL PERRY
J LLOYD
50.0
$6.50
6th  10. SHILLELAGH (NZ)
7yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL DEE
52.5
$16.00
7th  1. IMPENDING (AUS)
5yo H
JAMES CUMMINGS
DAMIAN BROWNE
57.5
$6.50
8th  6. SPIETH (NZ)
6yo H
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
CRAIG WILLIAMS
53.5
$21.00
9th  14. INVINCIBLE GEM (AUS)
5yo Mare
KRIS LEES
BRENTON AVDULLA
52.0
$15.00
10th  4. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)
6yo H
CHRIS WALLER
GLYN SCHOFIELD
53.5
$26.00
11th  8. MOST IMPORTANT (AUS)
6yo Gelding
TONY GOLLAN
MARK DU PLESSIS
53.0
$61.00
12th  7. FOXPLAY (AUS)
5yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
53.0
$21.00
13th  9. THE MONSTAR (AUS)
8yo Gelding
BRETT CAVANOUGH
SKYE BOGEN-HUBER
52.5
$21.00
14th  11. CARE TO THINK (AUS)
5yo Gelding
MATTHEW DUNN
TIM CLARK
52.5
$12.00
15th  5. VOODOO LAD (AUS)
7yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
CHRIS PARNHAM
53.5
$17.00
16th  12. BURNING PASSION (AUS)
7yo Gelding
MARK NEWNHAM
MICHAEL CAHILL
52.0
$26.00


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