Santa not scared of wide draw
Ben Melham says he is not too concerned with the wide barrier draw for Santa Ana Lane in Saturday's $13million The Everest, but the lack of speed could be an issue.
Santa Ana Lane has been drawn in barrier nine and although Melham would prefer to be closer to the fence, it is the lack of speed that is playing on the jockey's mind.
Nature Strip, Invincible Star and Home Of The Brave have all lost their slots meaning reigning champion Redzel, who has barrier one, could get and easier time up front.
"A lot of the speed looks to have come out of the race and that is probably my biggest concern," Melham said.
"But there is $13million on the table so anything is possible, there might be some other horses that now want to push forward and put some speed into it.
"Santa Ana Lane is not totally one-dimensional but he is not a horse you can rush too much to get into a spot."
Melham also has no concerns about the Randwick track being wet as long as is does not get too for raceday.
"He's just a good genuine horse he will go in anything," Melham added. "It was pretty wet when he won the Stradbroke (heavy 8) and if it is rain-affected I don't think it will worry him.
"That being said there is probably some better wet trackers in the race than him. It will just come down to how much rain we have, I wouldn't want it a heavy 10."
Meanwhile, Winx is 1/4 to win the Cox Plate on 27th October while Humidor is 25/1 and Benbatl is 10/1.
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