Sound Santa set to deliver in Perth

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Trainer Anthony Freedman believes there are two key factors to Santa Ana Lane winning Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in Perth.

Freedman said the last-start Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner was a horse that needed speed on in his races and that it was similarly crucial that the son of Lope de Vega currently wasn’t plagued any niggling physical issues.

“He had a trial at Balnarring a couple of weeks ago and I was happy with that but physically he’s in very good order and that’s the main thing and his feet are good,” Freedman said.

“Generally he needs speed on in his races like there was at Caulfield they day he won and at that level you’d think there’d be good speed on in a 1200m race and if it works out that way he can put himself right in the finish.”

Santa Ana Lane sits on the third line of betting for the Winterbottom Stakes alongside Rock Magic at $7 with CrownBet, which has local galloper State Solicitor rated the $3.50 favourite ahead of Moir Stakes runner-up Viddora at $4.40.

Freedman said Dean Yendall would maintain his association with Santa Ana Lane and that he was encouraged to see horses winning from off the pace at Ascot last Saturday.

“Dean Yendall is going to stay on him. He trialled him the other day and there was no reason to change things and he won on him when he won at Caulfield so he’s knows how best to ride him,” he said.

“I watched a couple of races at Ascot over the weekend and they seemed to be running on a bit there and that will hopefully suit his style of racing and it looks a race that he’s well placed in.”

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