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Santa Ana Lane Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: D Yendall
T: Anthony Freedman
W: 52 kgs
S: Lope De Vega
D: Fast Fleet
0.8L
J: B Avdulla
T: Anthony Freedman
W: 52 kgs
S: High Chaparral
D: Danesty
2.1L
J: C Newitt
T: R E Laing
W: 52 kgs
S: So You Think
D: Black Minx
2.2L
J: Regan Bayliss
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 52 kgs
S: Encosta De Lago
D: Sovereign Duchess

At Caulfield in Melbourne, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO bay gelding (Lope De Vega-Fast Fleet, by Fastnet Rock) unleashed a powerful sprint from midfield to score a decisive win in the $500,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Mr Sneaky & So Si Bon. Purchased for $80,000 by Flemington Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Santa Ana Lane improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Zeditave Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Heath Stakes) from 22 starts for $613,700 in earnings. For trainer Anthony Freedman, Santa Ana Lane's maiden Group One triumph vindicated the opinion he has long had of the horse. "He was always one of those horses that if he got into one of these races and everything went his way, which it did, then he could win," Freedman said. "And today was his day."

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