Santa Ana Lane is set to fly to Perth on Sunday and continued his preparations for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes with a solid jumpout at Balnarring on Wednesday morning.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner hasn’t raced since that victory at Caulfield on October 1 and was ridden on Wednesday by race jockey Dean Yendall at Balnarring.
Trainer Anthony Freedman said Santa Ana Lane will go to Perth for just the one run and has been purposely kept fresh for his trip.
“He had a couple of weeks on the water walker, he pretty much stayed in work the whole time,” Freedman said.
“He has freshened up really well, he has had one gallop, he had a trial today and he is ready to go, he flies out Sunday, he doesn’t run for a couple of weeks but we are happy with where he is at.”
Santa Ana Lane is a $9 chance in early betting for the Winterbottom Stakes, run at Ascot on December 2.
Impending is favourite at $4 with State Solicitor considered the best of the local sprinters at $5.
Yendall is booked to ride Santa Ana Lane in Perth and he too was pleased with the progression since the Sir Rupert Clarke.
“He is well and fresh and full of himself after a little let-up,” Yendall said.
“He galloped good, he wanted to do a few things wrong just being fresh and keen.
“But he is feeling well, which is the main thing and he took a bit to pull up.”