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No Royal Ascot for Santa Ana Lane

Santa Ana Lane has arrived safely in Hong Kong but his international travels won't be extended beyond there for the time being at least with trainer Anthony Freedman confirming on Tuesday that a Royal Ascot campaign has been cancelled.

The five-time Group 1 winner, who was breathtaking in his T.J. Smith Stakes win earlier this month, was to have followed his attempt on Sunday's Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin with a run at Royal Ascot.

But Freedman said the trip would have interfered with preparations for next season's The Everest - the $13 million race for which he is the early favourite.

"He'll come home after Hong Kong," Freedman said on Tuesday. "The quarantine just got too tight. He wouldn't have got back to us until nearly August and that's too tight a timeframe, so we've contacted Ascot and told them that.

"If the quarantine had worked out better, it was an option to go for maybe one run in England but I was hoping to have him home in July, but the best result that even if he runs in one race, he's still not home until August."

Freedman said his son Sam had reported that the powerful sprinter had travelled well to Hong Kong for Sunday's race worth nearly $3m, where he can stake his claim as being the best sprinter in the world.

Santa Ana Lane (gold) winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 6th, picture Sportpix.com.au

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