Santa's Lane the worry for Freedman

9th June, 2017

Brad Bishop & Grace Ramage ( reported:

Lee Freedman admits to having a slight niggle regarding Santa Ana Lane's prospects in Saturday's $100,000 Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1000m) at Flemington.

But it is not one of the concerns shared by punters ahead of the 1000-metre event.

The Lope de Vega four-year-old is yet to contest a race of that distance, is unplaced from two starts at Flemington and shares the 60kg top weight with Husson Eagle.

The Hall of Fame horseman is not particularly concerned with those factors, but would liked to have drawn wider than barrier two in the field that is down to eight following the scratching of Diamond Oasis.

"I wish he'd drawn out away from the rail a bit," Freedman told at trackwork on Friday.

"He could get bailed up there and that could be an issue, but that aside I think he's going really well."

Santa Ana Lane goes into the race off a fifth placing in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), when he didn't have the clearest passage in the straight but still closed off well to be beaten just two lengths.

That followed victory in the Wagga Town Plate under 61kg, which helped Freedman offset fears about the weight, and he said his Flemington form is not as poor as it reads.

"His one run down the straight was average, but that was on a Soft track in Group 2 company and things didn't go right," he said.

"I have trialled down the straight a couple of times and he has gone all right."

Santa Ana Lane's only exposure to the straight course was a ninth of 12 in last year's 1200m Bobbie Lewis Quality, with his only other start at his home track an 11th of 16 in the 1400m Headquarters Stakes two starts later.

Santa Ana Lane is CrownBet's $2.80 favourite for the Bruce Gadsden Handicap, which is Race 3 on the Flemington card.

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