Damian Lane aboard Somerset Maugham after winning at Flemington last Saturday (Image: Racing Photos)
There's no Australian jockey in better form than Damian Lane heading into the final weeks of 2020.
Lane has saluted 10 times from his past 23 rides, with the streak starting with a Flemington treble last Saturday when his three losing rides all finished in the minor placings.
His form continued with provincial doubles at Bendigo on Sunday and Mornington on Tuesday before he rode another metropolitan treble at Caulfield on Wednesday.
Armchair punters will be latching onto Lane, who has one ride at Yarra Valley on Friday afternoon before two that evening at The Valley and then a strong book of five rides at Flemington on Saturday, four of them at single-figure odds.
Lane's day opens with last-start $120,000 TAB Werribee Cup winner Wentwood, whom he guided to victory in the 2600-metre race on December 6.
When asked about his Saturday engagements in the aftermath of his Caulfield treble, Lane suggested Skiddaw, who is second favourite behind Vungers, could win his second-consecutive race over 1600 metres.
"I haven't looked into my rides too much so I probably can't steer anybody into anything in particular but probably Skiddaw springs to mind," Lane said.
"He trialled really well between his last run and Saturday so I'm looking forward to another forward showing from him."
Lane's incredible form during December has propelled him into equal third in the Melbourne Jockeys' Premiership with 22 wins. Sitting alongside Craig Williams, he trails pacesetter Jamie Kah (33 wins) and Damien Oliver (25 wins).