Bunbury boy and world-class jockey Damian Lane will be back in WA riding at this Sunday’s Bunbury Stakes Day meeting.
The prodigious talent, who won last Saturday’s $1.5 million Australian Cup aboard Humidor at Flemington, will be reunited with star three-year-old Variation in Sunday’s listed $100,000 Rangeview Stud Classic (Race 7-1400m).
The now Victorian-based 23-year-old Lane rode the Stephen Miller-trained Variation to success in the Group 2 $500,000 Sky Racing-WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on November 19.
He followed up that first WA racing major two weeks later with a famous nose victory aboard Stratum Star for the Australia’s leading trainer Darren Weir in the Group 1 $1 million Peters Investments-Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 3.
The last time Lane was in his hometown was last year’s Bunbury Cup Day (March 17) where he rode Dance Mindy Dance and Present Arms to victory, and finished third aboard Cougar Nights in the Bunbury Cup for his trainer/father Michael.
Along with Variation, Lane will again team up with the David Harrison-prepared Dance Mindy Dance (Race 4) on Bunbury Stakes Day, and has also been booked aboard Cayman Bound (Race 3), Boom Boom Bang (Race 6) and Foxinator (Race 9).
Lane will be flying from Sydney to Perth after partnering Stratum Star (G1 Ranvet Stakes) and Heatherly (G1 Galaxy) at Saturday’s Rosehill Garden’s Golden Slipper meeting.