Santa Ana Lane stamped himself as one of the country’s best sprinters with a devastating finish, to land Saturday’s VRC Sprint Classic over 1200m and having won his third Group 1 sprint in the space of just six months and his fourth overall for his owners, Bruce Dumbrell and the William Street Syndicate, they have every right to claim him as the country’s premier sprinter.
In the last 14 months, the well-travelled Santa Ana Lane has won the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide, the Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) in Queensland and the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) in Sydney. Santa Ana is the first horse in history to annex the Goodwood/Stradbroke double.
With his trademark devastating final sprint to leave Australia’s greatest sprinters, including dual The Everest winner Redzel, in his wake in the $1 million VRC Sprint Classic, the Anthony Freedman trained six-year-old is now the winner of $3,473,961 in stakes with nine wins and six placings from 31 outings.
Santa Ana Lane part-owner, Victorian breeder Bruce Dumbrell, was there to enjoy the spoils at Flemington on Saturday and after a “long” lunch at the Australian Club on Monday with the owners, they are continuing to enjoy the moment to the fullest.
“I’ve raced a couple of nice winners over the years, but Santa is just exceptional. This is my first horse with the William Street mob and what a horse. I’ve just been lucky enough to get into another Group 1 winner with them,” Dumbrell said.
“Throughout his career four or five of the owners have followed the horse around to every start, but they all came out of the woodwork at Flemington, you should have seen the winner’s room. You could not have fitted another person in! It was a great celebration.”
The William Street syndicate was formed in the late 1970s by Ramsden’s late father, Andrew, a revered former Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club. All are members of The Australian Club and can lay claim to some exceptional gallopers over the years, including Gurner’s Lane (Melbourne and Caulfield Cups) and Paris Lane.
Santa Ana Lane will now head to the paddock for a well-deserved spell before plans are made about what we do with him next year, but there is serious talk about him being the perfect horse to tackle several of Europe’s premier short course races including the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) and the July Cup (1200m).
“For all the owners involved it’s more about the enjoyment of racing and the entertainment, rather than chasing the big bucks. He has already rewarded us handsomely, as have the bookies. When I flew over to the Goodwood and he drifted out to $26 from $16 I thought he must have bucked the jockey off! They keep throwing the money at us,” Dumbrell said.
“One option for him is the Tommy Smith and then over to Dubai which would be great experience, before Ascot and back for the Everest. While another tempting option is the Chairman’s sprint in Hong Kong on our way to Ascot. What a great trip that would be!”
Dumbrell heads Leader Equine, which imports Horseware horse rugs from Ireland and distributes TRM supplements in Australia, has a busy week ahead with a stand at Equitana at the Melbourne Showgrounds, along with representatives at the Adelaide International Three Day Event,” Dumbrell comments, citing it as his biggest weekends of the year.
Santa Ana Lane was purchased by Melbourne barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy as a six-week-old Lope De Vega colt, at foot to his dam, Fast Fleet at the 2012 Patinack Farm Reduction Sale. Hore-lacy was looking to purchase some mares for his stallion Toorak Toff who had retired to the covering shed at Rosemont Stud that year.
Victoria’s Rosemont Stud then sold Santa Ana Lane as a yearling on behalf of Hore-Lacy for a modest $80,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale to Justin Bahen on behalf of the Williams Street Syndicate.
Hore-Lacy also sold the Fast Fleet – Toorak Toff filly for $27,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale to Eric Pipersberg’s Next Level Bloodstock to be trained by Team Corstens, while Fast Fleet was sold this year in foal to Darley’s multiple Group 1 winning Tapit stallion Frosted. Purchased for $200,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Aquis Farm, Fast Fleet produced a filly foal in August and is currently back in foal to Zoustar.
Dumbrell is also an owner in the next horse coming through with the Williams Street Syndicate called Trump Lane.
“Everything we race has ‘Lane’ in the name and we’ve got a Starspangledbanner colt with Anthony that is just coming into work now. Cleverly named Trump Lane, let’s hope he takes us on a similar journey.”
With a name like that, the Williams Street Syndicate may even end up travelling to the Kentucky Derby or the Breeders Cup!