A lot of the punting public out there, when they see the name, Martin Lane, down to ride a particular horse, may be wondering just who he is, and where he came from.
Well, he is a dyed in the wool Corkman, who was born in the mid-80s in the Kilworth area, and spent a lot of his younger years in and out of the many racing stables in that part of the county.
When he reached the age of 18, he went to work and ride for the Frances Crowley stable in the Curragh, and soon enough had his first winner, on Tango Step, at Navan in April, 2005, going on that year to ride three more winners.
During the seasons of 2006-07, Martin rode a total of 14 winners, but, unfortunately, trainer Frances Crowley at that time decided to retire, forcing Martin to seek his fortune in England, where he teamed up with northern trainer Karl Burke.
He had his first winner for trainer Burke on Sign of Approval in Feb. 2009, at Wolverhampton, and quickly began to pick up some outside rides.
His grand total for that year, proving that he was well on his way, rose to a remarkable 29 winners.
A major setback arrived however, when trainer Burke was warned off for a year, which forced Martin to seek work elsewhere.
He was lucky to secure a position with young Newmarket trainer, David Simcock, and soon settled in with this progressive trainer.
The winners began to come with some regularity, so that by the end of season 2010, Martin had ridden 41 winners, which was good enough to make him champion apprentice for that season.
Since then Martin Lane has been steadily improving, and has consolidated his position amongst his senior jockey peers, assuring a really good future.
I hope you enjoyed this short cameo look at another Corkman doing well.
This Saturday we take a trip to Newbury, which appears to have the best racing of the day, although it was said to me onetime that any racing would be the best if you could back a few winners.
This Saturday meeting could turn into a Ryan Moore benefit day, for he has many good mounts.
We begin with the Denford Stakes, where I think the pot lies with Ninjago, with Godolphin’s Snowbreaker also expected to run well.
In the Freer Stakes, Mount Athos, who will appreciate the ground, should win, with Cavalryman running on.
We now move to the Hungerford Stakes, where the in-form Soull should give a good account, with Henry Cecil’s Chaicamadee also in the mix.
Our last hint is for Commend, in the Galore Handicap, to round off a good day for Ryan Moore, with Sir Quintin also coming into the picture.
Good luck with these, but, the way things are, you may have go to the betting shop in a boat!!
The Fab Four:
Newbury: 2:00 Ninjago, 2:30 Mount Athos, 3:05 Soul, 4:10 Commend.