Melbourne-based jockey Damian Lane wins 2017 Warrnambool Cup

NEVER IN DOUBT: Hoop Damian Lane was rapt with High Church's run in the Warrnambool Cup. Picture: Rob Gunstone

NEVER IN DOUBT: Hoop Damian Lane was rapt with High Church's run in the Warrnambool Cup. Picture: Rob Gunstone

MELBOURNE-based jockey Damian Lane says his confidence in Warrnambool Cup-winning runner High Church skyrocketed as the 2350-metre race progressed.

“She was going half-paced. I was never going to get beat,” he said after his first win in the feature.

"He made my job very easy. He was turned out in magnificent order.

“I was just a passenger. I got a perfect cart into the race.”

Lane, riding for master trainer Darren Weir, labelled the win “amazing”.

"I looked around at the 500-metre-mark and there was nothing going anywhere near as good as me,” he said.

"When I turned for home I knew I wasn't going to get beat.”

THUMBS UP: Darren Weir made it four Warrnambool Cup victories in a row when High Church saluted on Thursday. Picture: Todd Nicholson/Getty Images

THUMBS UP: Darren Weir made it four Warrnambool Cup victories in a row when High Church saluted on Thursday. Picture: Todd Nicholson/Getty Images

JUMPING FOR JOY: Connections celebrated High Church's convincing win in the Warrnambool Cup in the grand stand. Picture: Amy Paton

JUMPING FOR JOY: Connections celebrated High Church's convincing win in the Warrnambool Cup in the grand stand. Picture: Amy Paton

PERFECT WEATHER, PERFECT RESULT: Jockey Damian Lane rode High Church home under blue skies in Warrnambool. Picture: Bronwyn Nicholson/ Getty Images

PERFECT WEATHER, PERFECT RESULT: Jockey Damian Lane rode High Church home under blue skies in Warrnambool. Picture: Bronwyn Nicholson/ Getty Images

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