Wentwood, ridden by Damian Lane, wins at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)
Rival jockeys are to gain a reprieve from Damian Lane’s December onslaught with the in-form rider soon to take a break from riding to finally catch-up with family in Perth.
Lane was again quick out of the blocks at Flemington on Saturday, riding the first race winner Wentwood to bring his December tally of city winners to 10 from just 30 rides with another seven minor placings.
Overall in December, the 26-year-old Lane has ridden 17 winners and 10 placegetters from 53 rides.
WATCH: Wentwood wins at Flemington
"I am going to take some time off after Boxing Day and go back to WA and spend some time with the family,’’ he said after Wentwood overhauled Princess Jenni late to win the Salinger Handicap (2600m).
"I haven’t been there for over a year now."
The Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) on New Year’s Day at Flemington looms as the next target for Wentwood and Lane said much depended on how the horse settled.
"He’s d certainly get the trip, it's just a matter or whether he’ll settle," he said.
Lane has ridden successfully in Japan for the past two years during the Australian summer but he said any plans for a return were on hold.
"I’d love to go back when I can, but I don’t know when that will be," he said.