Lane emulates son’s success with impressive training treble
His son and star WA jockey Damien Lane was on a hot streak through the Melbourne spring carnival.
Now Boyanup trainer Michael Lane is on a winning streak of his own.
Lane scored a winning treble at the Albany Racing Club on Sunday as emerging sprinter Excise Free made it three straight wins and Stormy Ruler showed his versatility with back-to-back wins.
The day began in the best possible way for Lane as favourite We’ve Got Dreams won the Gary Haggerty Racing Maiden (1000m) by one length at her fourth career start.
Rising four-year-old Stormy Ruler then produced a fighting victory in the Roy Rogers Racing Handicap (1450m), holding off the fast-finishing Toru Waimarie by 0.2 lengths.
The treble was rounded out by Excise Free who notched up her third win in a row with a powerful sprint home in the last race on the card.
Jockey Kyra Yuill rode two of Lane’s winners while promising apprentice Harry Grace booted home Stormy Ruler, who lumped 59kgs in the run.
Stormy Ruler won over 1208m in Bunbury last start and has won four of his 15 career starts.
“It was a really nice win, he was three deep throughout,” Lane said.
“To chase them down like that, he is a really consistent horse and we’ll keep placing him in races like this.”
Excise Free came from sixth on the corner to gun down the leaders and beat home Transgressor by 0.4 lengths, making it three wins from five starts this campaign. “I haven’t looked past today with her,” Lane said.
“She probably should have a spell but it’s hard to tip a winning horse out.
“We bred her, she’s won six races so that’s pretty special and its rounded out a great day for us.”
In a terrific finish to the Countrywide Commercial Ceilings Handicap (1450m), War Class saluted for Albany trainer Steve Wolfe and apprentice jockey Brodie Kirby. War Class prevailed in a busy finish over Highfriar and Tampering Falls.
The most impressive win of the day came from maiden galloper Snittitude, a $450,000 yearling, in a smart debut performance.
Snittitude was last of the 14 runners on the home corner but rocketed to the line with Grace in the saddle to win by a narrow margin over Censure.
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