Damien Lane is enjoying a “break out” season and hoping to maintain his lead in the Wyong Trainers Premiership with a successful day at this Thursday’s Members Race Club meeting.
A win with Mr McBat in last Sunday’s South Grafton Cup gave Damien 33 victories for the season, one ahead of Kim Waugh and Allan Denham, who are both on 32 wins for the season to date.
Damien is enjoying his best ever season in 2016-2017, already 19 wins ahead of his previous high in 2015-2016.
He has accepted with three horses for the Wyong meeting, while Kim has two runners.
Allan has runners at Grafton on Wednesday and Thursday and Canterbury tomorrow.
“It is going to be an interesting few weeks until the end of the month, “Damien said.
“I’m really happy with the season I’ve had and naturally it would be great to win the local Premiership.
“For me the most important thing is that my horses are racing well. It is rewarding to have had so many winners.”
Two horses from the Lane stable, Another Larga and Spinning Gold will go head to head in the 1600m TAB BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP.
Spinning Gold, to be ridden by Rachel King, is coming off a luckless run at Muswellbrook on July 4 where he almost fell at the 250m mark.
“He got absolutely smashed last start. Ben Looker was certain he would have won the race if he hadn’t of been polaxed.
“It is as bad as I’ve seen and Ben said he couldn’t believe the horse didn’t fall.
“He had a couple of nicks and cuts but has pulled up pretty good since.”
Damien considers his second runner Another Larga will also be a good chance in the race.
“He has taken a bit longer than I thought to come to hand but his last start win at Newcastle was pretty good.
“It was a great ride by Mitchell Bell and he has stuck with him on Thursday.
“If he can win again we will have to look at taking him to town. He ran a couple of placings down there last preparation so we will see what happens.
“It would be good if he could pick up another couple of wins before heading to the city but we will see what happens.
“I’m giving him another start over the mile but will then step him up a bit in distance.”
Damien said his third runner, My Boy Benny, had been “very, very disappointing” finishing last at both his starts.
The three-year-old will be ridden by Mitchell Bell in the 1600m TOTALLY WORKWEAR TUGGERAH 3YO MAIDEN PLATE.
“I think he might have chocked down at Wyong the other day and I’ll be looking for some improvement.
“This is pretty much a last resort to see how he goes over more ground. He loses the plot when he gets around other horses and I’m hoping the small field will suit him.”
Damien could increase his lead over the Waugh stable with runners at Canterbury tomorrow and the Grafton meeting on Thursday.
Kim’s runners at the Wyong meeting are Never Out in the 1100m PETER MAC’S MECHANICAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP and trial winner Star Princess in the WIDELINE WINDOWS AND DOORS F&M MAIDEN PLATE (1000m).