Best Bet of The Month
(GR1 TJ SMITH STAKES)
SANTA ANA LANE
JOCKEY: MARK ZAHRA
TRAINER: ANTHONY FREEDMAN
4-time Group 1 winner who somehow is still very much an “under the radar” commodity going up at $8.00 with Bet Easy Boosted Odds.
Huge 1st up in Newmarket Handicap carrying the massive 58.5kg top weight. Finished 5th only 1.5L off the winner Sunlight, who he meets in the rematch here weighted 4kg better at the weights under WFA. Another horse who beat him to the line in the Newmarket lining up here is equal early favourite at $4.00 Godolphin’s, Osborne Bulls. OB was 0.7L in front of SAL at the finish of the Newmarket, but importantly SAL gets a 2.5kg weight swing at WFA, which will make all the difference.
The barrier trial (see below) where both Santa Ana Lane competed in at Randwick on March 29 was very impressive from both horses. But SAL was lengths behind OB in the run and has beaten him home lengths as such I can absolutely say that SAL is airborne! No knock OB, his trial was good. But SAL’s trial was absolutely monumentally huge! One of the best official race trials I’ve seen since Lankan Rupee did something very very similar in 2013 before coming out and winning this exact race is devastating fashion by 3 or 4L! They just don’t trial any better than SAL did.
$8.00 on Bet Easy Boosted Odds is a massive price. I’ve no doubt he should be half that. Yes it’s one of Australia’s premier Group 1 races of the season and the quality of the 11 horse field reflects that, but I think it’s been clear for 6-12 months now that SAL is Australia’s best sprinter and the MAY be the world’s best – we’ll know that if he wins here and goes to Royal Ascot for what would be a world championship title bout between it and Godolphin superstar Blue Point who before the TJ Smith is run holds to #WBS (World’s Best Sprinter) title as we’ve come to know it!