Saturday Group 1 Wrap From Doomben

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On the biggest day on the racing calendar in Brisbane, today’s Stradbroke Day action didn’t disappoint. It even didn’t rain.

Santa Ana Lane took out his third Group One victory of the season with victory in the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap, jumping at the juicy price of $15 for those who got on board. 

Ben Melham manoeuvred the bustling gelding through the inside then tore past his rivals after the 200m to comfortably beat Super Cash, with Champagne Cuddles in third place.

The Anthony Freedman-trained Santa Ana Lane won The Goodwood (1200m) last start and is the first horse to win the Goodwood-Stradbroke double.

It was Freedman’s sixth Group One win of the season from just two horses, as Santa Ana Lane and his mare Shoals have each won three races.

Freedman is now likely to look at getting both in the $13 million The Everest in the Sydney spring. Lucky bugger eh.

In the JJ Atkins, we’ve unearthed a very, very  good ‘orse in The Autumn Sun.

The Autumn Sun charged home to beat Chris Waller stablemate Zousain and leaving the rest of the field in their wake.

With Kerrin McEvoy on board, the colt came from deep in the field to win the $600,000 race for two-year-olds by a neck, with Fundamentalist in third place. The win means The Autumn Sun remains unbeaten from three starts.

In the Queensland Derby, Dark Dream dug deep to beat Heavenly Thought in a thrilling duel at the business end of the race at Doomben.

One savvy punter had a $20k ‘saver’ on Dark Dream, which reaped a handy dividend.

Trainer Kerry Parker finally has a Group One triumph thanks to the gelding’s powerful finish under jockey Tim Clark. Speaking of powerful finishes,  Youngstar made an enormous run from well behind to finish third in the 2200m race for three-year-olds. Get your black books out.

What do you think?