Lane helps Angel steal Cranbourne victory

Mar 10, 2017

Jockey Damian Lane gave his rivals no chance to prevent Stolen Angel breaking her maiden in solid fashion at Cranbourne.

Stolen Angel had performed well in the previous two runs of her autumn preparation, running second first-up at Kilmore before finishing a neck from the winner at her first attempt over 1400m at Bendigo.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra decided to keep the Denman filly at 1400m for the Wendy Kelly Racing Maiden Plate but Lane had to contend with barrier eight early in the $25,000 contest.

Lane was positive aboard Stolen Angel, sending her to the lead where she was able to control the race to the home turn before outsprinting her opposition to score by three-quarters of a length.

Lane said the fact Stolen Angel was able to accelerate off the home turn at Cranbourne was the crucial factor in her win.

“She did a good job,” Lane said.

“I worked a little bit from the draw but luckily enough, she switched off well in front, which enabled her to kick away at the top of the straight.

“On a tight, turning track like Cranbourne, you try to use the corners to pinch a break and luckily enough, I was on the right horse and she did the rest.”

Stolen Angel’s breakthrough win came at her fifth start and the success earned connections a $13,750 winner’s cheque.

Congratulations to Stolen Angel’s owners and all involved with her terrific victory.