Five-time Group One winning Santa Ana Lane, owned by high profile owner Rupert Legh has been confirmed as a contender in The Everest for Coolmore.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained star is all set to resume in Saturday’s Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington
Santa Ana Lane was runner up in last year’s Everest behind Yes Yes Yes, and was also second behind Nature strip in the Group 1 TJ Smith earlier this year.
“It’s a great privilege to have Santa Ana Lane in the Everest for the third year running.” said co-trainer Anthony Freedman.
“Given his record at Randwick over 1200m we were confident he would receive a slot so it has been our sole focus this preparation.
“It’s a race that continues to grow in popularity each year and we are proud to be involved.
“We’re very pleased to be teaming up with Coolmore as they have been long time clients of the stable.”
The William Street Syndicate said they were hoping it would be third time lucky in The Everest.
“It’s very exciting to have Santa Ana Lane in the race for the third time,” said William Street Syndicate co-manager Michael Clemenger.
“It’s great to join with Coolmore to race our five-time Group 1 winner and we are hopeful he can go one better than last year.”
Tom Magnier said Coolmore was excited to partner with Team Freedman for this year’s race.
“Santa Ana Lane is out of a Fastnet Rock mare and he is one of the best sprinters we have seen in the past decade,” Magnier said.
“Anthony and Sam are very happy with the horse and we believe if he brings his best, he will be hard to beat.”