Somerset Maugham, ridden by Damian Lane (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)
Damian Lane had a day-out at Flemington on Saturday, scoring a treble and not missing a placing in all six rides.
After a slow start to the season for Lane, his treble of winners took him to 19 Melbourne wins for the season to have him fifth on the premiership table headed by Jamie Kah (33 wins).
Lane’s winners were Miyake in race four; Memphis Rock in race six and he well-supported Somerset Maugham in race eight.
His other three rides for the day all finished close-up with Hasseltoff (race 3) and Viral (race 7) finishing second and Williams Thomas running third for him in race six.
As for the win aboard Miyake for Chris Waller, he said: "He’s obviously a horse on the up. These Deep Impact’s can take a bit of time. He’s still improving and it was good to see him out to the 2500 (metres) today. He really relished it."
The win abord Memphis Rock was a little more unexpected but he said: "He made it easy for me. He jumped quick and travelled really well and made my job a lot easier."
The former European galloper Somerset Maugham showed he could challenge for better races next year after recording his fourth win for the campaign in the Rogan Josh Handicap (1800m).
"He’s really progressed and is a horse that tends to love being in work and loves racing," Lane said. "Hopefully there are more wins yet."
Lane is yet to confirm his plans for the summer but it is expected he could take up a short-term contract to again ride in Japan after starring there over the past two seasons.