Doleuze generous with his praise of lane after scoring on pretty trio

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 12:00am

Popular Geoff Lane didn't need to sing his own praises for the splendid job he's done rehabilitating highly-bred galloper Pretty Trio - jockey Olivier Doleuze did it for him. 'I rode Pretty Trio once on the all-weather track last year and the difference between the way he felt that day and the way he was today is amazing. He is unrecognisable as the same horse,' Doleuze said.

Pretty Trio has now won three of his last five starts for three different riders, on both turf and dirt, with Doleuze following up on the previous successes of Gerald Mosse and Douglas Whyte. 'He's a very good galloper, all right, and it makes you wonder just how good he might have been without those [tendon and ligament] injuries,' Lane said. Pretty Trio is a handsome, dark bay horse, sired by veteran shuttle stallion Woodman during one of his early southern hemisphere sojourns. His mother is Queensland Oaks winner Crystal Palace, a Group One-winning sister to former champion Australian three-year-old Naturalism.

The four-year-old enabled Lane to register his 13th win for the season and technically that satisfies the Jockey Club's performance criteria. But there is one other criterion he cannot satisfy because no one can wind back the clock - Lane has turned 65 and faces compulsory retirement. 'Thirteen winners is a bit disappointing by my previous standards, but I did lose 15 horses at the start of the season,' Lane added.

Once the curtain comes down on his Hong Kong career next week, he'll immediately hang his shingle at Taipa racecourse in Macau. 'I'll be open for business straight away,' he said.