Lane puts his Best foot forward

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 September, 2002, 12:00am

Geoff Lane knows he has a good horse in the making in Best For All but just isn't sure how long the 'making' is going to take. 'He didn't really build out during the summer break so it's hard to make any ambitious plans, but he does look promising,' Lane said after watching the son of Anabaa demolish a Class Three field at his seasonal debut.

'He has the engine and the right attitude. It's just a little concern that a race takes a lot out of him and he lightens off the way he does, because it makes it a bit more difficult to plan when you can run him again. But we'll see how he comes through it and look for another race.'

Best For All was a touch slowly away but rider Gerald Mosse made use of his inside draw to put the four-year-old into the box seat behind a good speed set by Fat Choy Treasure.

'This horse can lead or sit behind and I love the way he settles. You see tonight, he blew the start a bit then Gerald used him a bit to get into a good spot, but he switched off and you see how easily he was travelling around the bend,' Lane said. 'When Gerald pushed him through the gap, he got to front in a few strides and the horse pricked his ears. I've no doubt he'll get at least a mile and possibly further, but I would like to see him strengthen up a bit.'

It was the gelding's fifth start and his second win, but he has yet to finish further back than second and with luck he could have won even more often.

Lane said Best For All was another successful purchase for his stable by his longtime agent and friend, 'Ginger' Tankard. 'We went to a sale in Melbourne and Ginger selected one yearling and I selected one,' Lane recalled. 'This was the one he chose and my pick won his maiden last week at Ballarat, just outside Melbourne.'