Speedy Quilista puts jockey in fast Lane

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MATT JONES

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.

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