Savvy Oak (Image: Racing Photos)
He was the star at Caulfield on Cup Day and again at The Valley on Cox Plate Day, but it has taken until final day at Flemington for Damian Lane to join the winner's list.
Lane was suspended for AAMI Victoria Derby Day but went winless in 12 rides over Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day so he was relieved when Savvy Oak ($19) found his best three-year-old form to run away with the Very Special Kids Plate over 2000 metres.
"It's taken me all week to get on the board here at Flemington so it's good to be in the winner's stall," Lane said.
The jockey won the $5 million Caulfield Cup aboard Japanese galloper Mer De Glace, where he was suspended for 10 days and fined $20,000.
He postponed the suspension until after he won the $5m Cox Plate aboard another Japanese galloper Lys Gracieux and so missed AAMI Victoria Derby Day but was back for the Lexus Melbourne Cup where Mer De Glace ran well for sixth.
Lane drew great praise from co-trainer Trent Busuttin on Saturday for his handling of the enigmatic Savvy Oak ($19) in the second race at Flemington on Saturday, with the jockey explaining the horse enjoyed a comfortable run and had the benefit of a key gear change.
"With the blinkers off he obviously settled better in the run," he said. "He had a nice bit of cover and a nice drag into it and when he got into the clear he was too strong."
Lane admitted he expected the track to be more rain affected than the Good 4 rating it began final day after days of persistent rain.
"It's probably one of the best drying tracks I've seen," he said. "It drains so well. It's a genuine Good 4 at the moment."
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