The Mont Waters-prepared eight-year-old is an out-and-out track specialist when it comes to competing on the unique Tumut Turf Club course, with the gelding having raced there five times, winning on three occasions and never finishing further back than second place.
“He does love it there. He has had five goes there for three wins and two seconds,” Waters said.
“You can’t ask for much better than that.”
The Zariz gelding kicked off his stellar run at Tumut back in 2018 when winning his maiden over the 1400m on Boxing Day.
Bay Lane than finished second in the 1400m Class Two in January of 2019 before backing up on Tumut Cup Day in 2019, winning the 1600m Benchmark 50 Handicap when beating home former Tumbarumba Cup winner, Southern Gamble.
Leading into the 2019/20 season, Bay Lane finished second to Hercegovka in the 1400m Benchmark 50 on Derby Day before winning the 1600m Benchmark 50 Handicap for the second year running on Tumut Cup Day in February of 2020.
This Saturday, Waters has Bay Lane contesting the 1400m Benchmark 50 Handicap, but he was worried his charge might be one run short of his best.
“He is a chance but I think he is a run underdone,” Waters said.
“It has come around quicker than I thought and he is probably just short of being ready for this race.
“It is just that he was off the scene for 18 months and he hasn’t come up as quickly as I thought he might and he is an eight-year-old.”
Still, Waters will send his old stager around, and 4kg claiming apprentice and local product Teighan Worsnop, should be in the saddle.
“He will get 57kg and I will probably claim on him with Teighan Worsnop,” Waters said.
Following a lengthy 83-week spell, Bay Lane has raced twice, returning at Wagga on October 2 when finishing 11thbehind the Tumbarumba owned Carnival Miss in the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap before finishing 7th of 11 at Cootamundra on Friday in a tough little 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap won by All Formidable.
“It was a long spell and I wasn’t too disappointed in his Cootamundra run,” Waters said.
“They ran the fastest 600m of the day. He will be good to back-up and he is looking and feeling good.
“Whatever happens Saturday, he will be cherry ripe on Boxing Day (at Tumut).”
Of the Tumbarumba contingent in action at Tumut on Saturday, the locally owned Lennox Road will return from a spell for Wagga trainer, Russell Steiner in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
His former trainer and Tumbarumba local, Graham Byatt, is out of action at the moment as he recovers from a leg injury, and Steiner will look get the eight-year-old firing on what is one of his galloper’s favourite tracks.
Lennox Road does look suited at Tumut on Saturday too, having won twice from three starts there and twice from six first-up efforts.