Lane mystified to be on Jon Snow

Damian Lane guiding the Cambridge three-year-old Jon Snow to victory in last Saturday's Australian Derby

Damian Lane guiding the Cambridge three-year-old Jon Snow to victory in last Saturday’s Australian Derby

Victorian based jockey Damian Lane is still a little mystified on just how he managed to secure the ride on yesterday’s courageous Australian Derby winner Jon Snow.

Lane made his first ride on the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained three-year-old a winning one in the Gr. 2 Tulloch Stakes a week ago before producing another gem of an effort to land the A$2m Gr. 1 Australian Derby in a slogging finish on Saturday.

“A few people have asked me how I got the ride and to be honest I don’t really have a proper answer,” he admitted.

“I was lucky enough to pick up the ride last week which was just a right place, right time thing, and then lucky enough to stick with him.

“He’s done a great job as have Andrew (Forsman) and Murray (Baker) to get him through the week in tip-top shape.”

Lane was full of praise for his mount who provided co-trainer Murray Baker with his fourth Australian Derby win in the last 10 years following on from Nom Du Jeu in 2008, It’s A Dundeel in 2013 and Mongolian Khan in 2015.

“His biggest asset is his ability to find a good rhythm and then switch off in the running,” he said.

“As soon as I got outside the leader I was able to put him to sleep. He just conserves as much energy as possible before you ask him for an effort where he comes up under you immediately.”

The win also provided Lane with a second Group One victory in the last month on a New Zealand-bred runner after he combined with Humidor to win the Australian Cup at Flemington on 11 March.

— NZ Racing Desk