After a second easy 900m trial at Newcastle guiding Everest runner In Her Time Jockey Nash Rawiller can't wait to see the highly competitive mare in her element during the the first-up run in the Gr.2 A$500,000 The Shorts, the same race pencilled in for Santa Ana Lane’s only start prior to the Everest.
And it’s a similar report from Mark Zahra after he partnered Everest favourite Santa Ana Lane in his first appearance down at Cranbourne.
In Her Time led up an all Kris Lees field over the 900m in her second trial of her Everest preparation, where she’ll run in the Inglis slot, and Rawiller said he had a “lap full of horse’’ going across the line behind Graff.
The seven-year-old mare hasn’t raced since finishing sixth behind Sunlight, another Everest runner, in the Newmarket Handicap in March and Lees has been building her up slowly.
Graff, who ran fifth in last year’s Everest, is likely to resume in the Gr.3 Concorde Stakes and is one of several sprinters out to catch slot holder James Harron’s eye in the coming weeks.
Mark Zahra said he is as happy as he could be with Santa Ana Lane at this stage of his Everest preparation.