Speedy Quilista puts jockey in fast Lane
DAMIAN Lane capped off a successful Sydney autumn carnival by taking out the final race of The Championships at Randwick yesterday.
The Darren Weir-trained four-year-old mare Quilista did what she did last start at Rosehill and took off from the gates to lead all the way in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m).
She defeated Ravi by oneand-a-quarter lengths with White Moss in third.
“She’s very fast this horse, she has a high cruising speed and I just sat on her and let her do her thing,” Lane said. “She’s tough and she’s fast so I just let her take me into the race.”
Lane said he wasn’t 100 per cent sure she’d give a good kick in the straight after burning so much petrol in the first half of the race.
“I was waiting as long as I could up until I got to the top of the rise because I knew she’d gone hard and it’s tough to sustain that speed, but luckily enough she was too good for them,” Lane said.
It capped off a great time for Lane at the carnival after piloting El Dorado Dreaming to victory in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes last weekend and saluting with California Turbo in the South Pacific Classic.
Third placegetter White Moss made trainer Jason Coyle happy and he’s setting her for a Brisbane winter carnival, but may race her next at the Hawkesbury or Scone stand-alone meetings.
California Turbo is on a path to the Queensland Derby after his win in the South Pacific Classic (1400m).
“We think he is a Queensland Derby contender,’’ cotrainer Paul Snowden said.
“He’s a progressive threeyear-old who has always had the ability but has needed time.
“This preparation has all been about building his confidence for Queensland in the winter.’’
HANG ON: Quilista proves too quick for her rivals.