Flying Freedman duo cause major Everest market reshuffle
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”.