Santa Ana Lane runs third in Cranbourne trial
Santa Ana Lane returned to the trial track on Monday with a respectable third.
Santa Ana Lane returned to the trial track on Monday morning
Santa Ana Lane continued his build up towards the $14 million Everest after hitting the Cranbourne trial track on Monday morning.
Racing for the first time since an August 19 hit out, the seven-year-old cruised around the track under his own steam, finishing third behind Evil Cry and Island Daze with Santa Ana Lane in a seven horse field.
There were concerns for connections about the benefits of running Santa Ana Lane again on a Heavy track but trainer Anthony Freedman eventually gave the go ahead for the star sprinter.
"We gave it a lot of thought," Freedman told Racing.com.
"He trialled here two weeks ago and it was very, very heavy and we were led to believe it was better today and it probably was out wide.
"He just stayed out wide and he didn't really come off the bit."
Freedman said he is pleased with where Santa Ana Lane sits as his return approaches.
"I am happy with where he's at after two trials," he said. "He's still not running for two weeks so another few gallops at home and he'll be ready to go.
"He's never been much of a trial horse to be honest. He'll just do what you let him do or what he can get away with.
"We haven't really put him under pressure and Mark (Zahra) is very happy with him. He knows him very well now."
Santa Ana Lane is scheduled to resume in the Group Two Shorts at Randwick on September 21.