Damian Lane hopes to capitalise on a rare opportunity for leviathan owner Bob Peters when he rides Arcadia Queen in Saturday’s P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Lane secured the ride on the Group 1 winner after Peters’ go-to jockey Willie Pike opted to stick with the mare’s stablemate, All-Star Mile hero Regal Power.
Lane rode several winners for Peters during the early stages of his apprenticeship in Perth but has only worn the famous cerise and white colours a couple of times since moving to Melbourne, most recently aboard Neverland in the 2017 Premier’s Cup at Eagle Farm.
“I rode a couple of winners for Mr Peters during my apprenticeship so I’m very much looking forward to again teaming up with him, as well as Grant and Alana Williams,” Lane said.
“Arcadia Queen is obviously a quality mare.
“But coming off the big break, I think the expectation is that she might need the outing but she certainly doesn’t lack any quality so it wouldn’t surprise me if she can run a big race.”
Lane is also bullish about the prospects of Rulership, who takes on boom colt Hydro Star in the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m).
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained youngster won the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield earlier this year and tuned up for his seasonal debut with a head-turning trial win at Randwick last month.
“His trial was really good in Sydney and the camp seem happy with him,” he said.
“I certainly think he can take that next step as a three-year-old.”
On Wednesday, Lane had his first sit on G1 winner Pippie when running second to Humma Humma in a 900-metre jumpout at Mornington.
The 26-year-old has been booked to ride the speedy mare when she resumes in the G1 Moir Stakes (1000m) next month.