Lane’s youngster chasing hat-trick in Harrington Cup

The Damien Lane-trained Zedari will contest Tuesday’s Harrington Cup at Taree. Image – Racing Photography.

Damian Lane will throw Zedari in the deep end at Taree on Tuesday, with the three-year-old to take on the older and more experienced horses in the $30,000 Harrington Cup (1300m). 

The Menari gelding has progressed through the grades, winning his maiden at Tamworth (1200m) on November 28 before stepping straight into Class Two company and up in distance when getting the job done at Coonamble on December 17. 

The Coonamble win was impressive, with Clayton Gallagher getting everything out of Zedari, who is still learning his trade. 

Lane never intended to set Zedari for a Class Two, with a last-minute race change forcing his hand. 

“Funnily enough, that race at Coonamble was a Class One race, and a week, or maybe two or three days before the race, they changed it to a Class Two,” Lane told NSW Country and Picnic Racing

“I thought it was perfect placement, being a maiden to Class One, but they changed it, and I already had Clayton booked, but as it turned out, he put them away and won well.

It’s a tougher task again at Taree, with Zedari taking on the likes of Imatruestar, Xtra Approval, Jacenza, Agirlsbesrtfriend, and Cabsav.

Still, Lane is confident his up-and-comer can make it three wins on the trot, with apprentice Anna Roper to take the ride.

“He does have ability, and he is improving all the time,” Lane said. 

“He gets in nice enough at the weights (56.5kg), and I don’t think the wet track will be too much of a concern.

“He is one of those horses that can put himself up on the speed, and he is pretty adaptable, and not much worries him.”

Lane does have big races in mind for Zedari’s next preparation, and he thinks he will only improve on what he has done as a three-year-old.

“He is going for a break after this, and he’s done all this in his first prep. He is a good type of horse and a big, strong customer, so I’m excited to see what he can do after a break; I think he has a bit of a future,” Lane said.

“He is still learning, and he got to the front at Coonamble and floated a bit, and he did the same at Tamworth when he won.

“If anything, I still think he has a bit more in store than what he is showing, so next prep, we’ll step him up to provincial grade and midweek if he handles it.”

Lane has three entered at Taree, with Roper also riding Go Isla Go in the 1250m Class One Handicap.

The three-year-old won the $50,000 Super Maiden at Coonamble on December 17 and appears to be another excellent youngster on her way up with the Wyong stable.

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Taree tips – 2/1/2024

Race 1: 4 Johnny Be Swift $2.50 (Best bet)

Race 2: 3 Speedy Pete $8.50

Race 3: 1 October Revolution $2.20

Race 4: 2 Awesome Tycoon $5

Race 5: 3 Threetimesalady $9.50

Race 6: 3 Oakfield Mamselle $1.55

Race 7: 4 Agirlsbestfriend $6 (Best value)