Damian Lane Coming Home On a High

Australian jockey Damian Lane has become a superstar in Japan after landing seven winners over the weekend including a Group One win in one of the country's most popular races.

Damian Lane
Damian Lane Picture: Racing and Sports

Lane was the star of the show at Hanshin on the weekend, riding five winners on Saturday before a double on Sunday included the G1 Takarazuka Kinen aboard the 5YO mare Lys Gracieux.

It was the second G1 win for Lane during his current first stint as a contract rider in Japan that began in late April.

He also won the G1 Victoria Mile last month and has ridden a total of 37 winners from 122 mounts during his stay that will end voluntarily this week despite an offer to extend his contract until July 25.

Lane has also won four G2 and G3 races and boasts the highest strike rate among the top 20 riders on the JRA premiership this season, his success already ensuring he has invitations to return for extended riding stints in 2020 and 2021.

The 25-year-old jockey will return to Australia for a winter break after he rides at his final meeting on Wednesday.

Moonee Valley Racing Club chairman Don Casboult was at Hanshin to extend an immediate invitation to the connections of Lys Gracieux to contest the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October.

 

 

 

 


Racing and Sports



Hanshin

Sunday, 23rd June 2019

11
15:40
(local)

THE TAKARAZUKA KINEN (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
JPY ¥289,660,000
2200m TURF FIRM
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥289,660,000
2200m FIRM

THE TAKARAZUKA KINEN (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 12. LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) 5yo M
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - LILISIDE (FR)
DAMIAN LANE
Y YAHAGI
$5.40
56.0kg
U.Carrot Farm
2nd 1. KISEKI (JPN) 5yo H
RULERSHIP (JPN) - BLITZ FINALE (JPN)
Y KAWADA
KATSUHIKO SUMII
$3.60
58.0kg
Tatsue Ishikawa
3rd 11. SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) 5yo H
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - PIRRAMIMMA (USA)
M DEMURO
Y SHONO
$8.80
58.0kg
NICKS Co. Ltd.
4th 4. AL AIN (JPN) 5yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DUBAI MAJESTY (USA)
YUICHI KITAMURA
Y IKEE
$8.40
58.0kg
5th 2. REY DE ORO (JPN) 5yo H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LA DORADA (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
K FUJISAWA
$3.90
58.0kg
6th 10. NOBLE MARS (JPN) 6yo H
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - I AND YOU (USA)
R TAKAKURA
H MIYAMOTO
$79.50
58.0kg
7th 6. STIFFELIO (JPN) 5yo H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE)
GENKI MARUYAMA
H OTONASHI
$26.80
58.0kg
8th 9. CLINCHER (JPN) 5yo H
DEEP SKY (JPN) - THE FATES (JPN)
KOSEI MIURA
H MIYAMOTO
$34.00
58.0kg
9th 3. ETARIO (JPN) 4yo H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - HOT CHA CHA (USA)
N YOKOYAMA
Y TOMOMICHI
$7.80
58.0kg
10th 8. SHONAN BACH (JPN) 8yo H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - SUGAR HEART (JPN)
Y YOSHIDA
H UEHARA
$92.10
58.0kg
11th 7. MAKAHIKI (JPN) 6yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - WIKIWIKI (JPN)
Y IWATA
Y TOMOMICHI
$11.80
58.0kg
12th 5. TATSU GOGEKI (JPN) 7yo H
MARVELOUS SUNDAY (JPN) - NISHINO PLUMERIA (JPN)
S AKIYAMA
I SAMESHIMA
$140.60
58.0kg
Chris Scholtz

Managing Director Tronta Media P/L; Contributing Editor Racing & Sports Chris is an award winning racing media professional working in the print, radio and online mediums since 1971 and managing director of his own racing industry media company since 1988. He has covered all of Australia’s major racing carnivals, numerous international events and is widely recognised as a leading form assessor and race analyst. Chris brings his passion for racing to racingandsports.com.au as its contributing editor since its launch in 2000.