Fly­ing Freed­man duo cause ma­jor Ever­est mar­ket reshuf­fle

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

SANTA Ana Lane and Shoals pro­vided trainer An­thony Freed­man with a pow­er­ful one-two punch for the $13 mil­lion TAB Ever­est af­ter they ran the quinella at Royal Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

In a race billed as a “miniEver­est” show­down, the Freed­man duo de­liv­ered a knock­out blow to the best sprint­ers in train­ing in the Group 2 $500,000 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

Santa Ana Lane fin­ished pow­er­fully along the in­side for a last-stride win.

“I knew Santa Ana Lane would run very well,’’ Freed­man said. “I knew when he was turn­ing for home he would be very strong late.’’

Santa Ana Lane ($10) beat his fast-fin­ish­ing sta­ble­mate Shoals ($8.50) by a head with a brave In Her Time ($5.50) a nose away third.

The win­ning time was a stag­ger­ing 1min 7.45sec, a Rand­wick 1200m track record.

Trapeze Artist ran on well to fin­ish fourth, 1½ lengths from the win­ner while early leader and reign­ing Ever­est champ Redzel was fifth, beaten two lengths.

The other Ever­est run­ner, In­vin­ci­ble Star, tired to run sev­enth, nearly five lengths be­hind Santa Ana Lane.

The Premiere re­sult sparked a ma­jor re­vamp of Ever­est bet­ting with Santa Ana Lane pro­moted to $7 equal favourite with Vega Magic then, at $8, is In Her Time and Trapeze Artist with Shoals firm­ing from $17 to $9.

Redzel was $5 Ever­est favourite be­fore his un­placed ef­fort and is now $9.

Freed­man thought Shoals’ fin­ish was “great” but that the track might have been a lit­tle firm for the mare.

“They are run­ning ridicu­lous times so that tells me the track is a bit firm,’’ he said. “Some rain would be great or maybe a bit more wa­ter for The Ever­est.

“There is a lit­tle bit of im­prove­ment in both horses so hope­fully we can turn up in two weeks in the same nick.’’

In Her Time was re­sum­ing and ran a blin­der. “That was a su­per run,” In Her Time’s trainer Kris Lees said.

“She was al­ways go­ing to be vul­ner­a­ble over 1200m firstup. I would have pre­ferred to kick her off over 1100m but she’s go­ing to take a lot of im­prove­ment out of that.”

The rid­ers of Redzel and Trapeze Artist said their sprint­ers will be im­proved for The Ever­est on Oc­to­ber 13.

“I thought Redzel came back un­der­neath me from the half-mile but he was left want­ing the last fur­long,’’ Ker­rin McEvoy said. “With that out of his sys­tem, he’s go­ing to be spot on for The Ever­est.”

Tye Ang­land said Trapeze Artist had a “good blow”.

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