Santa poised for Everest run
Trainer Anthony Freedman says there is a possibility Santa Ana Lane could get snapped up for the $13million The Everest after winning the Stradbroke Handicap on Saturday.
Santa Ana Lane took out the $1.5million feature at Doomben when holding off Super Cash, who took second, and third-placed favourite Champagne Cuddles.
I'm very picky about whether I run horses in Group 1s, I don't like to run them on a whim or on a perhaps.Anthony Freedman
Freedman will already have one runner in The Everest, in the form of Shoals, but is not ruling out a second after Santa Ana Lane was transformed into a Group 1 star.
The gelding snared his third Group 1 and a rare slice of racing history as he became the first horse to pocket the Goodwood-Stradbroke double.
"He is from an Inglis Sales so perhaps they might pick him up," Freedman said. "We thought he had Group I ability but he wasn't doing it, he went to Wagga and had a confidence builder.
"I'm very picky about whether I run horses in Group 1s, I don't like to run them on a whim or on a perhaps.
"The tactics were to be closer than we were in Adelaide, you don't have that comfort to be able to let them fall out the back in a race like this around here at Doomben."
Meanwhile, trainer Bjorn Baker was offering no excuses for his favourite Champagne Cuddles, who finished in third.
"She did her best but she did have her chance," Baker said of Champagne Cuddles, which got off the fence in time but didn't have the powerful finishing burst of the winner.
Redzel is 15/2 on a win and each way bet to win The Everest later this year. Kementari is 999/1 with Happy Clapper priced at 999/1.
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