Damian Lane pats Lys Gracieux after their win in the 2019 Cox Plate (Image: Racing Photos)
Damian Lane will attempt to win consecutive Cox Plates aboard an overseas-trained horse after committing to ride Aspetar in next month's $5 million feature.
Lane's engagement aboard Aspetar was confirmed with the imminent arrival of trainer Roger Charlton's stable worker into Sydney, which ensures the Northern Hemisphere five-year-old gelding will enter quarantine at Newmarket in England on Wednesday.
Aspetar won his most recent start in the Group 2 York Stakes (2056m) on July 25 but was then scratched from the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes on August 19 over the same track and distance after producing an unsatisfactory piece of trackwork ahead of the race.
That left Charlton considering the G2 Prix Dollar (1950m) at Longchamp on October 3 or two attempts at the elite level in Australia with the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 24 likely to be followed by the $2m Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington two weeks later.
Lane, who won last year's Cox Plate aboard Japanese mare Lys Gracieux, returns from suspension on Wednesday with four rides at Bendigo.