Lane completes Japanese stint

Australian jockey Damian Lane has completed another successful short-term stint in Japan.

Lane fulfilled his final riding engagements at Fukushima on Sunday. His victory aboard two-year-old Dura Mondo in an 1800-metre contest on Saturday was his 41st win in Japan since arriving in mid-April and four more compared to last year's three-month spell.

He then returned to win last December's Grade 1 Arima Kinen (2500m) aboard Cox Plate champion Lys Gracieux.

The 26-year-old rode at a winning strike-rate of 21 per cent, down from 30 per cent last year, but his haul this year could have been considerably greater with 30 second-placed finishes ensuring his top-two strike-rate across both periods was comparable (38.4 per cent in 2019 and 36.8 per cent in 2020).

Lane rode two Stakes winners this year in Japan, Danon Smash in the G2 Keio Hai Spring Cup (1400m) at Tokyo on May 16 and Cafe Pharoah in the G3 Unicorn Stakes (1600m) at Tokyo on June 21.

Dean Hawkes, Lane's Australian-based rider agent, advised that his client intends to return to the Melbourne riding ranks from the first week of the new racing season.

Damien Lane riding the 2019 Group 1 WS Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux (JPN) at The Valley, picture