Santa Ana Lane is the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap winner

June 9, 2018

Santa Ana Lane is the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap winner

Santa Ana Lane scored his third Group 1 win and successive Group 1 wins with a stunning victory in the 2018 Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben today.

Goodwood winner Santa Ana Lane wins the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Goodwood winner Santa Ana Lane wins the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

The Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane was coming off a last start win in the Group 1 $1m Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville three weeks ago and the stable is now hoping to gain a slot in the 2018 $13 The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in the Spring.

“We will be picking up the phone if somebody rings,” stable representative Sam Freedman said.

Sam Freedman said that it was always the plan to bring Santa Ana Lane to Brisbane for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival after his near last to first win in the Goodwood.

“He has always shown that sort of ability,” Sam Freedman said.

“He is showing consistent form which he never really had in the past.”

“We left a little bit in the tank after the Goodwood with the intentions to come up here.”

“He is a well-travelled horse and he settled in very quickly and had a couple of strong gallops and we couldn’t be happier.”

Santa Ana Lane became the first horse in history to win the Goodwood – Stradbroke Handicap double in the same year with jockey Ben Melhan in the saddle on both occasions.

Melham was able to give Santa Ana Lane ($14) a sweet run just off the pace from an inside barrier and settled the five year old on the heels of the Stradbroke Handicap favourite Champagne Cuddles ($5 favourite).

Melham elected to stay towards the inside on the rain affected track and Santa Ana Lane ($14) relished the soft going to scoot away to record a one and three quarters lengths win over the unlucky Super Cash ($31) who was caught wide for the majority of the trip.

Bjorn Baker’s three year old filly Champagne Cuddles didn’t have to do any work from the inside gate but found the first two placegetter too good on the day and finished in third spot.

2018 Stradbroke Handicap Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Ben Melham  – 3 55.5kg $14
2 13 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Jamie Kah 1.75L 10 51.5kg $31
3 16 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Corey Brown 1.95L 1 50kg (cd 51kg) $5F
4 3 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jim Byrne 2.15L 4 53.5kg $21
5 15 PERAST Paul Perry Jeff Lloyd 2.25L 9 50kg $6.50
6 10 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 3.25L 8 52.5kg $16
7 1 IMPENDING James Cummings Damian Browne 3.45L 7 57.5kg $6.50
8 6 SPIETH (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 3.65L 16 53.5kg $19
9 14 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3.95L 13 51.5kg (cd 52kg) $15
10 4 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4.05L 15 53.5kg $26
11 8 MOST IMPORTANT Tony Gollan Mark Du Plessis 5.05L 2 53kg $61
12 7 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6.8L 14 53kg $21
13 9 THE MONSTAR Brett Cavanough Skye Bogenhuber 7.55L 6 52.5kg $21
14 11 CARE TO THINK Matthew Dunn Tim Clark 7.95L 12 52.5kg $12
15 5 VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Chris Parnham 8.15L 5 53.5kg $18
16 12 BURNING PASSION Mark Newnham Michael Cahill 10.65L 11 52kg $26

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