Damien Lane is hoping for a change of luck when he saddles up four runners at Saturday’s Wyong’s Carlton Draught Spring Race Day.
The stable is going through a run of placings, but Lane is confident things will turn around.
“We seem to have a period every year when our horses are consistently running placings,” he said.
“All we can do is ride it out, but it does get frustrating.
“We’ve also been going through a bit of a transition, moving quite a few horses on and bringing through some young ones.
“It’s a work in progress but we are getting towards where we want to be.”
Lane finds it hard to split his runners on Saturday, considering all four could figure in the finish.
“They’ll all be in the market and I’d like to think they are all good each way chances.”
Stables mates Obscene and Oakfield Target line up in the 1350m Benchmark 68.
Lane is keen to see Not A Single Doubt mare, Obscene return to form after a disappointing run over 1400m at Newcastle on October 13.
“She’s been a bit plain to be honest. She was caught wide in her first up run and didn’t have a lot of luck but was terrible second up at Newcastle.
“We had her vetted, checked right over but there was nothing wrong with her.
“Her work has been good since so I’m putting it down to a bad day and I think she will run an improved race.
“The 1350m might be a bit sharp and I do want to get her to the mile, but with a few things going wrong I’ve had to back off. “
Lane said there wasn’t a lot between the mare and Oakfield Target.
“He won really well at Tuncurry three starts back and in both his subsequent runs, when he finished fourth at both Newcastle and Scone, he hasn’t been beaten far.
“I think he is better on a tighter track and he’s won at Wyong, so this race should really suit him.”
Lane believes the addition of earmuffs will help settle three-year-old, Girls Kick On, in the 1000m Benchmark 64.
The Scissor Kick filly over raced in her last start at Kensington on October 28, but Lane thinks the step back in class, and distance combined with the gear change will see a much-improved run.
“She missed the kick slightly in town, got fired up when she had to cross them and just went too hard.
“Taking that run out, her form has been good, so I expect her to go well.”
Lane is hoping a change of environment will see Oakfield Romance breakthrough for her first win in the 1350m Fillies and Mares Maiden.
The six-year-old has been placed 13 times from 20 starts and is coming off a second at Scone over 1300m on October 23.
“Her three runs since joining our stable have been good. Kristen (Buchanan) had her but she’s a cranky mare and didn’t do well in the stables, so she suggested I take her so she can be on the farm.
“She has her own paddock and does seem happier. It was a good run at Scone, and she can improve on that.
“The 1350m is as far as she wants to go, but it’s a soft 1350m at Wyong and should suit her.”
The first of eight races gets underway at 12.29pm.
Race 1 – 12.29pm: RYAN’S METAL ROOFING CG&E MAIDEN (1350m): 1 PRINCE INVINCIBLE, 2 Finally Realise, 3 Ralph’s Folly, 4 Grazie.
Race 2 – 1.04pm: BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY AT WYONG RACE CLUB MAIDEN (1600m): 1MISTER RIPLEY, 2 Winston Blues, 3 Poetry In Motion, 4 Dhakuri.
Race 3 – 1.39pm: 2 FLIES PUNTERS CLUB NSW CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 PROSPERO, 2 Kikikapow, 3 Gunaluva, 4 La Sagra.
Race 4 – 2.19pm: 2 FLIES CHAMPION RYAN MARTIN F&M MAIDEN (1350m): 1 MOLLYCODDLE, 2 Don’t Recall, 3 Divine Intavention, 4 Oakfield Romance.
Race 5 – 2.59pm: 2 FLIES RUNNER-UP GABE RIVETT MAIDEN (1000m): 1 JAYTEES, 2 Black Jacamar, 3 Stoical, 4 Invincible Ninja.
Race 6 – 2 FLIES QUEENSLAND CREW BENCHMARK 64 (1000m): 1 BAT PAD, 2 Girls Kick On, 3 Invincible Kiss, 4 Pearl Roan.
Race 7 – 2 FLIES LIFE MEMBERS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1350m): 1 ATHERTON, 2 Foxborough, 3 My Blue Jeans, 4 Oakfield Target.
Race 8 – LJ HOOKER BUDGEWOI CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 FAETHM, 2 General Dubai, 3 Pink Beau, 4 Rose Sauvage.