Stable hoping to complete notable stakes double

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Written by Paul Vettise

Anthony Freedman is chasing home and away black type features this week with barn mates at polar opposite ends of their careers.

The promising 2-year-old Super Seth (Dundeel {NZ}) will step out at Flemington on Anzac Day in search of a first stakes success while in Hong Kong the stable star Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega) is looking to forge an international reputation at Sha Tin on Sunday.

“He travelled over there extremely well and has settled in nicely,” Freedman’s racing manager Brad Taylor said.

“He drank plenty of water on the way over and he’ll have a light hit-out either Thursday or Friday. He was very fit when he got on the plane.”

“He travelled over there extremely well and has settled in nicely.” – Brad Taylor.

Santa Ana Lane is a multiple Group 1 winner and booked his spot in this weekend’s G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize with a dynamic last-start victory in the G1 TJ Smith S.

That form has been franked by the fifth placegetter Pierata (Pierro), who came out on Saturday to win the G1 All Aged S. with runner-up Osborne Bulls (Street Cry {Ire}) running second, as he did in the TJ Smith.

“The whole team is very excited and he’s one of those horses that you don’t mind getting up at 3.30am for,” Taylor said.

“The whole team is very excited and he’s one of those horses that you don’t mind getting up at 3.30am for.” – Brad Taylor.

With five elite level sprinting titles to his credit, Santa Ana Lane is at short odds to win in Hong Kong where he will be opposed by fellow Australian galloper Viddora (I Am Invincible) and the dual G1 Telegraph winner Enzo’s Lad (Testa Rossa) from New Zealand.

Hugh Bowman will replace the suspended Mark Zahra on the Freedman runner.

Meanwhile, Super Seth’s immediate future will be decided after the unbeaten youngster runs in the Listed Anzac Day S.

“We’ll sit down after Thursday and make a plan. He could go to Queensland for the Sires’ Produce S. and then into the JJ Atkins,” Taylor said.

“Alternatively, we could tip him out and set him for the Caulfield Guineas.” – Brad Taylor.

“Alternatively, we could tip him out and set him for the Caulfield Guineas. We’ll get Thursday out of the way first.”

Super Seth was a runaway winner on debut at Ballarat in March and again impressed when successful at Caulfield earlier this month.

“He’s been pretty impressive in both of his starts. With no disrespect to the opposition on Thursday, it doesn’t look an overly strong race,” Taylor said.

Super Seth

The start Super Seth has made to his career hasn’t been a surprise for any connected with the colt.

“Once we got him we knew he was pretty talented.” – Brad Taylor.

“He came to us from Darren Weir and had a bit of a wrap,” Taylor said. “Once we got him we knew he was pretty talented.”

The Anzac Day S. may only carry Listed status, but it has been a good future guide in recent times with the subsequent Group 1 winner Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) successful in 2017 and Vassilator (NZ) (Zacinto {GB}) winning last year. He finished runner-up in this season’s G1 Caulfield Guineas.

“There’s been plenty of good horses win the race,” Taylor said. “On pedigree, the 1400 metres will suit our bloke.”

Pedigree notes

A half-brother to the G3 Carbine Club S. winner Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom {USA}), Super Seth is a son of Salutations (Redoute’s Choice) who is a half-sister to the G2 Yallambee Classic winner Toast Of The Coast (Rory’s Jester).

Toast Of The Coast is out of the G2 Herbert Power S. winner Solo Show (NZ) (Dahar {USA}) and also the family of the G2 Autumn S. winner Oak Door (Commands).

Super Seth will be partnered on Thursday by jumps jockey turned flat rider Clayton Douglas, who on Saturday at Caulfield celebrated his first black type success aboard Streets Of Avalon (Magnus) in the G3 Victoria H.

“He knows the horse and he’s riding extremely well,” Taylor said.

Co-bred and sold by Arrowfield Stud, Super Seth was a $280,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale purchase for Cambridge agent Dean Hawthorne. He was bought on behalf of Jonathan Munz’s Pinecliff Racing, members of the colt’s ownership syndicate.