What a finish to the UBET Festival of Racing! Darley Goodwood Day proved once again it's the best day of racing on the South Australian calendar and weren't there some amazing stories to come out of it!
5. Sky’s the Limit for She’s So High
Mick Price looks to have another quality filly on his hands in She’s So High. The three-year-old has never finished worse than fifth in a race and now has two Stakes wins and two placings to her name along with a fourth placing in a Group 1 Thousand Guineas. On paper she was the best horse in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes and after a fantastic steer from Damien Oliver, she proved that she was a class above the rest with a one-length win over a much-improved Split Lip. She looks like she will definitely be one to blackbook heading into the Spring Carnival.
4. 1, 2 is EZ for Ellerton & Zahra
You can’t ask for much more than running first and second with two runners and that’s what Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra managed in the Group 3 National Stakes with Marcel from Madrid and Aristia. While both runners were largely unwanted in betting, they easily looked the two best horses in the race over the 1200m with a gallant Tequila Time running on for third. After the race, Simon Zahra suggested both runners could be heading to the Guineas races in the spring like fellow National winner, I Am A Star who ran second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas behind Global Glamour after winning the 2016 National Stakes.
3. Raise a Glass to Sue Jaensch
There was no more popular win on Saturday than when Have Another Glass saluted in the Listed Centaurea Stakes for Naracoorte based trainer Sue Jaensch. The win was Jaensch’s first South Australian Stakes win since 1992 when Wodzac Hill claimed the Listed Rain Lover Plate at Victoria Park. Have Another Glass was well supported throughout the week with the continued rainfall and the mare relished the sting out of the ground to record a strong win with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
2. Life in the Fast Lane
There is no doubt that Goodwood Day belonged to one man. Damian Lane. The hoop could do no wrong winning four of the first five races on the card with Yogi, Marcel From Madrid, Pleasuring and Land of Plenty all saluting for the talented rider. He also finished fourth on Leather’n’lace in the Group 3 Proud Miss and equal fourth in the Group 1 Goodwood on Flamberge. He could have added a fifth in the last race, however his mount Artie Dee Two was a late scratching and was taken out when the horse was the equal favourite for the race. Lane notched up eight winners across the six week Festival of Racing, which included a Group 1 win aboard Leicester in the UBET SA Derby.
1. Santa Ana Lane Steals the Show
The win and ride of the day definitely goes to the Goodwood winning duo, Santa Ana Lane and Ben Melham. At the turn Melham and Santa Ana Lane looked to go wide to try and get out through the traffic but with a heap of horses fanning out wide, Melham changed tactics and pinched a narrow gap back towards the rail and let down with a huge run to claim the Group 1 by just over a length to Missrock. The win was Ben Melham’s third victory in the Goodwood after winning in 2013 on Platelet and 2014 on Smokin’ Joey. It capped off a fantastic carnival for trainer Anthony Freedman who also claimed the other sprint feature, the Group 1 UBET Classic with Shoals on Oaks Day.