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Racing Round Up | Recap of all the news and results from the big race action on Saturday June 10

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 9 Jun 2018
  • Round up of all the news from the Stradbroke day at Doomben
Santa Ana Lane is now a three time Group 1 winner

Racing was at Doomben on Saturday June 9 for a trio of Group 1 races that included the time-honoured Stradbroke Handicap (1350m). 

Here is our round up of all the action. 

Santa Ana Lane creates history by claiming the Stradbroke

The Anthony Freedman-trained galloper, Santa Ana Lane, became the first ever horse to claim the Goodwood Handicap (1200m)/Stradbroke Handicap (1200m) double after his swashbuckling effort to claim the Brisbane feature. 

Despite coming off a recent Group 1 win, the five-year-old was sent out a $15 shot but enjoyed a peach of a ride from the nice barrier by Ben Melham and broke away inside the final 200m mark to defeat Super Cash, while the race favourite, Champagne Cuddles, ran 3rd. 

The win by Santa Ana Lane was his third at Group 1 level after he claimed the 2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and the recent Goodwood at Morphettville.  

The Autumn Sun and Dark Dream claim Group 1 glory

The second of the Group 1 races at Doomben was the J.J.Atkins Stakes (1600m) for the two-year-olds, a race that has provided more than its fair share of handy gallopers over the years and it was a Chris Waller quinella, with The Autumn Sun holding out his stablemate, Zousain.

Sent out an easing $3.70 favourite, the son of Redoute's Choice took his career record to three wins from as many starts and was Waller's third win in the Atkins, joining the likes of Press Statement and Pressday. 

In the Queensland Derby (2200m) it was Dark Dream that turned the tables on Heavenly Thought by taking out what was an epic version of the $600,000 race for the three-year-olds.

The pair fought out the recent Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben on May 26 with Dark Dream finishing 3rd on that occasion, while Heavenly Thought was 1st. They finished well clear of the recent Queensland Oaks (2200m) winner, Youngstar, who rocketed home from the back of the field to grab 3rd. 

The support races

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable enjoyed victory as Sedanzer cruised home to take out the Brisbane Cup (2200m), while Invincibella took out the Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) for Waller. That was third winner for the day for the master trainer, joining The Autumn Sun and Sambro, who claimed the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m). 

Invincibella will likely head towards the Tatts Tiara (1350m), as will the winner of the first race at Doomben, Savanna Amour. Hopfgarten was the other horse to claim victory at the venue. 

Around the grounds

In the southern states, racing was at Randwick and Flemington. At Randwick, one of the big highlights was Jungle Edge's dominant performance in the June Stakes (1100m). The front runner dashed to a one length win ahead of Shiraz, with that pair spacing the rest of the field. In the Stayers Cup over the marathon journey of 3200m, Plot Twist was a winner for the Snowden stable. 

At Flemington, one of the highlights of the day came from Choysa, who benefitted from daring tactics by his jockey, Kate Walters, to claim the Trevor Clarke Handicap (2500m), while the judge couldn't split Jaminzah and Balcazar in the Lachal Handicap (1800m) with that pair dead heating. 

Looking Ahead

The Queensland Winter Carnival heads to Ipswich on Saturday June 16 for the running of the Ipswich Cup (2150m) and the Eye Liner Stakes (1350m), while on June 23, the Group 1 action returns to Doomben for the running of the Tattersall's Club Tiara (1350m). 



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