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Fast Lane to Derby glory

Darren Weir was effusive in his praise for a masterful Damian Lane ride after the star jockey piloted progressive galloper Leicester to victory in Saturday's Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m).

After beginning well from barrier seven, Lane had the $4 favourite in the one-out, one-back position after the field had gone two furlongs in the $600,000 feature and, when he presented the son of Wanted for an effort at the top of the straight, he let down with an impressive turn of speed.

The decisive win over Lindsay Park's gallant gelding Rezealient and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Runaway gave Weir a third-consecutive Derby trophy in Adelaide - the Victorian horseman prepared Howard Be Thy Name to win in 2016 and Volatile Mix to win in 2017 - and a clean sweep of this season's three-year-old classics in South Australia after Sopressa's popular win in the G1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) last Saturday.

It was an 11th Group 1 win for Lane, who said any lingering doubts about Leicester's staying ability had been quashed in emphatic fashion.

"The genuine tempo really helped this horse today," Lane said.

"I had the lovely advantage of being able to pop out and work into the race when I wanted to.

"We were all a little bit suspect of him running out the trip but he put those concerns to bed.

"As a jockey you can't do it without the backing of good trainers and I'm fortunate enough that I've got Australia's leading trainer in my camp."

Local star Jamie Kah, who went within a length-and-a-half of landing a maiden Group 1 scalp, was full of praise for Rezealient.

"He ran super, he's a lovely animal and he settled beautifully and if the race was a bit further he gets it," Kah said.
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