It was another Victorian bred Group 1 winner on Saturday, but perhaps not the one the punters had banked upon.
The $1 million Darley Goodwood at Morphettville was secured by the Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane, a $26 pop which was perhaps a little surprising for a horse who only four starts back had won the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
The Goodwood was Santa Ana Lane’s sixth win overall from 26 starts, while five of his six placings have also been at black-type level, with his earnings now shooting to $1,280,820.
24 hours on from Santa Ana Lane’s ‘thriller’, his ‘breeder’ and Melbourne barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy was still shaking his head.
“That was an incredible win … I don’t think the racecaller saw him until the last few seconds,” Hore-Lacy enthused.
Although Santa Ana Lane was officially bred by Patinack Farm, Hore-Lacy purchased Santa Ana Lane’s dam, Fast Fleet – with a six week Lope De Vega colt in tow – at the 2012 Patinack Farm Unreserved Broodmare Reduction Sale on the Gold Coast.
“I was looking to purchase some mares for Toorak Toff (Group One Golden Rose and Group One Sir Rupert Clarke) who I raced in partnership and had just retired to Rosemont Stud that year,” Hore-Lacy explains.
“(Then Rosemont manager) Dean Harvey had come up with a list of suitable mares and I really liked both Fast Fleet and her Lope de Vega colt.
“I’m only a hobby breeder and Fast Fleet was one of the first mares I purchased.
From that Gold Coast cameo, he was then raised in Victoria at Rosemont Stud and prepared as a yearling by the team at the stud west of Geelong.
“The colt was a magnificent type and when he was sold (through the Rosemont Stud draft for $80,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale) I was hoping to keep a share in him,” Hore-Lacy said.
“I approached Troy Corstens, who the colt was knocked down to, but he told me the horse had been purchased on behalf of the William Street syndicate. Good luck to them: they’ve got a very good galloper.”
The successful William Street Syndicate is managed by racing aficionado and VRC Board member Michael Ramsden who naturally thrilled with the win.
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.
“Those in the syndicate are all members of The Australian Club which is situated in William Street, hence the name,” Ramsden adds.
“Over the years we’ve raced Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Gurners Lane, Paris Lane (Caulfield Cup), De Gaulle Lane (Queensland Derby) and now Santa Anta Lane … four Group One winners of seven Group One races.”
Santa Ana Lane is the only runner for Fast Fleet at this stage, but the mare has an unraced 2YO filly by Kuroshio – The Black Tide – that is in work with Steven O’Dea at Eagle Farm.
Meanwhile, Hore-Lacy sold a Toorak Toff filly out of the mare for $27,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale to Eric Pipersberg’s Next Level Bloodstock to be trained by Team Corstens.
Hore-Lacy offers a splendid opportunity to breeders next week on the Gold Coast. He will offer Fast Fleet, in foal to multiple Group One winning Tapit stallion Frosted, at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast on Wednesday 30th May.