Damian Lane Jockey Of The Month August 2017
Jockey Of The Month: August 2017 Damian Lane
With the first month of the 2017 – 2018 Australian thoroughbred racing season nearly complete, we have selected Damian Lane as the betsfree.com.au Jockey of the Month for August 2017.
Lane is currently ensconced in the number two position amongst Victorian jockeys so far as premiership figures are concerned, but our affinity for riders who show up for work on a regular basis led us to him.
He has made 71 starts already this season, trailing the 93 of Ben Thompson, but well clear of the 51 of Ben Melham, the current number three rider.
Lane currently has 10 wins and 19 placings. He has finished fifth or better on a total of 42 occasions. Most importantly, he currently holds the lead, albeit a narrow one, in terms of prizemoney, with just below $500,000 in his bag for the month. At the moment, he is carrying a 14.08 percent strike rate moving into the month of September and the height of the spring racing season.
Damian Lane is a rising young star who has consistently won, to the extent that over the past two seasons, he has ridden above 100 winners.
He has done the bulk of his riding to date for Matthew Ellerton, but he has also taken rides for Darren Weir. In fact, in was on a Weir horse, Trust In A Gust, where Lane had his maiden win at the Group 1 level when he took out the Sir Rupert Clark Charity Cup, aka the Invitation Stakes at Caulfield in 2014. The pair beat out Dissident and Bull Point, running the 1400 m in 1:23 flat.
Lane spent some time racing in Hong Kong in April, May and June of 2015, notching five wins. One of the wins came at exceedingly lucrative odds of $245, so it would seem that Lane can get the most from his mounts.
His overall stat line early in the season has him at number 3 in Victoria, number 7 in metro racing and number five on the country tracks. He ranks ninth in all of Australia.
Lane has won other top races, including the Australian Derby aboard Jon Snow in 2017, the Australian Cup on Humidor in 2017 and the Town Classic on Stratum Star in 2016.
It would seem as though we may be seeing his name associated with Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate victories in the not too distant future.
Congratulations to Damian Lane, the August freebets.com.au Jockey of the month for August 2017.