Lincoln Farms’ trainer Ray Green has another exceptional looking bunch of two-year-olds going through their paces at Pukekohe.
Check out the class of 2019 below, with current photos shot by Trish Dunell and how they looked as yearlings, and if one strikes your fancy contact Ian Middleton to see if shares are available in the partnership.
The monthly training fee for a 10% share is $264.50 ($230 plus GST).
American Dealer FULL
10% share: $5750. ($5000 plus GST)
Stable name: Major
Ray Green: “He’s a nice little horse who should make a two-year-old. He’s a good pacer who’s done nothing wrong but I gave him a bit of a break as he was a bit small and weak.”
January 25 update: In only his second workout today, American Dealer led all the way to score by three-quarters of a length from stablemate Prestige Stride after which driver Andre Poutama reported he felt a little tired in the running. Says Green: “He’s a dear little horse who is a real tradesman. He’s certainly got the manners to make it.”
Breeding: American Ideal - Maddison’s Delight
From a family rich in black type, this colt is the second foal of a Bettor’s Delight mare who is a half sister to headliners (Our) Amazing Art (15 wins), All U Need Is Faith (8 wins), Pacing Major (13 wins) and Grace Way, the dam of Lincoln Farms’ smart colt Make Way (13 wins).
Crack Group I filly Linda Lovegrace (14 wins) also appears in his pedigree.
10% share: $11,500 ($10,000 plus GST)
Stable name: Frank
Ray Green: “He’s jogging up and is due to start fast work again soon. He was a big, gangly weakling but has strengthened up considerably this time in. He’s still got some developing to do - he needs to pop up in the wither - but he paces well enough and he’s got some good American blood.”
January 25 update: “He’s improved immensely in the last few weeks and is training down really well, getter better each time we take him out. He’s the biggest improver of all on the farm.”
Breeding: Sweet Lou - Wantapieceofme
Out of a half sister to a 1:47 winner, Apieceoflou boasts a string of big race winners in the United States in his family including Hop Sing (27 wins), world champion Shebestingin (18 wins, 1:47) and Bono Bests (25 wins).
He is out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Wantapieceofme, whose only other foal Betterpiece has won two races in Western Australia.
Bondi Shake FULL
10% share: $5750 ($5000 plus GST)
Stable name: Bobby
Ray Green: “He was one of my favourites at the yearling sales and we stole him. He’s about the only Somebeachsomewhere I’ve ever liked and I couldn’t fault what he’s done so far. He’s perfectly mannered with a nice stride and is on target for the first Young Guns heat.”
January 25 update: “He had the best part of a month off after showing signs of getting tired, but is back training well and will have his first fast test next Saturday. I’ve always liked him. He’s a beautiful horse who does everything nicely. Whether he’s got big speed or not I’m not sure yet but he certainly has all the manners and gait. He’ll win races for sure.”
Breeding: Somebeachsomewhere - Seven Point One
Bondi Shake is the first colt out of six-race winner Seven Point One who is a half sister to the good winners Courtney John and Bobbie McArdle.
Her third dam Port Medley won the 2005-06 Broodmare excellence award, leaving 15 foals who all raced, for 12 winners, including Falcon’s Medley (16 wins) and Lively Medley (20 wins).
10% share: $8050 ($7000 plus GST)
Stable name: Lenny
Ray Green: “He’s very big and immature and has been slow to develop but he’ll come to it later. We gelded him last week.”
January 25 update: “Just trying to get him to pace at the moment is a major. He’s a rangy type who’s going to take time.”
Breeding: Bettor’s Delight - Lady Dancer
Brodie Lindenny is the fifth foal of a seven race winner in Lady Dancer. She has had three foals to the races including the eight-race winner Come Dance With Me, who is racing in Western Australia, and Dancing Dixie.
It is the family of crack pacer Surprise Package who won 13 races in New Zealand and another 14 in the United States.
Second dam Jodi Vance left eight winners.
Captain Nemo FULL
10% share: $14,950 ($13,000 plus GST)
Stable name: Nemo
Ray Green: “He’s a typical Captaintreacherous, athletic looking with a beautiful long body. I like him a lot and I think he’ll develop into a pretty nice racehorse. He’s improving all the time and is one of the most forward of my two-year-olds. He’s won a workout and his qualifying trial and is right on target for the first Young Guns heat.”
June 16 update: “I can’t fault what he’s done so far and he’s coming up really well. He’s a big, powerful colt and this will be his year. I’m high on him and think he will really excel. He’s one of our big hopes for the three-year-old races. I’ll be trialling him on Friday.”
Breeding: Captaintreacherous - Arden Caviar
Captain Nemo, by a much touted son of the ill-fated Somebeachsomewhere, is from a prolific winning family.
His dam Arden Caviar is a half sister to Bettor’s Strike (16 wins, A$789,000), multiple Group I winner Arden’s Choice (7 wins), Southwind Arden (9 wins) and Rocknroll Arden (6 wins).
Third dam Bella Chip, who paced 1:52.6 in the United States, left the Group I Victoria Derby winner Bella’s Boy (16 wins, $437,000).
Franco Nandor FULL
10% share: $17,250 ($15,000 plus GST)
Stable name: Nandor
Ray Green: “He’s a lovely horse who goes well but we gelded him last week because he was getting too heavy topped and was starting to get a bit aggressive so we decided to nip that in the bud.”
January 25 update: Nandor won his first workout on January 14 but got too fierce behind the gate in today’s qualifying trial and galloped. Driver Andrew Drake said he might have been better to press on, rather than try to hold him back. “He knows what he’s out there for now. As soon as we got up behind the gate I had to go for another grip.” Says Green: “He’s a nice horse in the making and just needs some fine tuning. He should be ready for the last Young Guns heat next month.”
Breeding: Mach Three - Nicaea Franco
Franco Nandor is from the Spreydon Lodge family of the big winner Nearea Franco, the winner of 11 races, including the Group I Queen Of Hearts. She was crowned four-year-old mare of the year in 2007-08, and is the dam of Nike Franco (30 wins) who has paced 1:49 in the United States.
He is the first foal of the one-race winner Nicaea Franco. His third dam No Paba left eight winners.
Jeff Beck FULL
10% share: $11,500 ($10,000 plus GST)
Stable name: Tommy
Ray Green: “Early on I thought he’d be a Young Guns horse, and he probably still will be, but not for the first couple of heats. We trained him down to 2:10 and he was nicely gaited but was a bit of a wanderer. He’s grown a lot since the yearling parade in August and is on his way up again.”
January 25 update: Jeff Beck won his first workout on January 4 but galloped soon after the start of his qualifying trial today. “I told Andre to test him a bit today and he obviously wasn’t quite ready for it. He just wasn’t used to being rushed out of the gate and lost the plot. His hopples were a bit long so we’ll tighten them up and plug his ears. We’re aiming him for the last Young Guns heat on February 28.”
Breeding: Rock N Roll Heaven - Lady Fingers
This cracking colt’s half sister The Orange Agent dominated her age group, winning 13 of her first 19 starts and 18 in all, including four Group I races.
He is the eighth foal of the mare Lady Fingers, who has had four to the races for four winners, the most recent Australasian record-breaking filly Cheesy Fingers, who posted a 1:50.3 mile at Menangle in January within days of landing in Australia after being sold out of Bunty and Gareth Hughes’ stable.
Louie The Punter
10% share: $5750 ($5000 plus GST)
Stable name: Kenny
Ray Green: ”He’s a nice pacer but is quite immature and we gelded him last week. He’ll come to it later.”
January 25 update: “His biggest claim to fame so far is his ability to escape out the gate from his paddock. He’s going to take a bit of time.”
Breeding: Sweet Lou - Love A Gamble
This colt’s full brother is the smart Double Or Nothing, one of the best of Lincoln Farms’ juvenile team last season.
His dam Love A Gamble has already produced nine-race winner Let It Ride, a star of the Tim Butt stable in Australia where he has won two Group I races, the Breeders’ Challenge Final in Sydney and Blacks A Fake in Brisbane.
Second dam Stylish Sweetheart (12 wins) was a star age group performer and left fast horses in Gomeo Romeo (13 wins) and Sterlish (15 wins).
Spice It Up FULL
10% share: $8625 ($7500 plus GST)
Stable name: Spicey
Ray Green: “She’s shown us plenty and looks like being our best filly. She’s quite fat and we’ve had a bit of trouble with her tying up but I expect her to be very competitive in the fillies Young Guns heats.”
January 25 update: “She’s got all the ability in the world but she’s tied up badly on us again so I’ve turned her out. Even though she’s coming right, she hasn’t responded quickly enough for the Young Guns races. To press on now would only be detrimental to her mental state. She oozes ability and I don’t want to risk her.”
Breeding: Captaintreacherous - Soul Sister
Captaintreacherous, a son of the ill-fated champion stallion Somebeachsomewhere, hasn’t yet had any progeny to the racetrack in the southern hemisphere. The winner of 21 of his 26 starts at two and three he was, however, the leading sire of juveniles in the United States last year.
This filly’s dam was unraced but her granddam Andress Blue Chip is a virtual household name in the harness breeding world, her pinup offspring the freakish filly Carabella, who won 17 of her 19 races.
The Informant FULL
10% share: $5750 ($5000 plus GST)
Stable name: Reuben
Ray Green: “He’s about to start fast working again. We trained him down to 2:10 and he wasn’t quite coping - he’s a typical American Ideal and was changing stride - but this time in he should be much better. He’s a lot bigger than Hard Copy and is the closest to him conformation-wise than any of his other siblings.”
January 25 update: “He’s on the easy list after being gelded this week. He was getting too colty and distracted. He’s a typical American Ideal who’s nicely gaited but mixes things up. He’ll take a while to get fluent but he’s shown plenty.”
Breeding: American Ideal - Readallaboutit
This colt is a full brother to the West Australian superstar (My) Hard Copy who was bought by Green’s wife Debbie for $4000 before his sale to Australia where he won 27 races and $1.27 million.
It is the family of Presidential Belle (8 wins) who left the fast racehorse (Run) Oneover (23 wins, $577,000 before being sold to the States).
10% share: $4887.50 ($4250 plus GST)
Stable name: Serina
Ray Green: “She’s only a little filly but she’s got a bit of speed and could make a Young Guns horse. She got down to 2:10 last prep, a half in 60, and enjoyed her work.”
January 25 update: “She’s been out in the paddock for three weeks and I will leave her there for a while yet. She was showing plenty of ability but is a small filly and just wasn’t coping with the step-up in work.”
Breeding: American Ideal - Themightykendall
Themightyserena is the second foal of Themightykendall who is a sister to champion pacer and multiple Horse of the Year Themightyquinn (58 wins, A$4.5million).
Second dam Love Sign also left Themightynadal (7 wins).
Further back in her pedigree are the big winners Excitable (29 wins) and Group I winner (Our) New Life (22 wins).
Last year’s partnerships
Stable name: Buzz
Ray Green: “He’s a nice, big horse who has been a slow developer. He’s just back from a break and is jogging up.”
Breeding: Billy Lincoln is bred on the golden cross of Bettor’s Delight over a Christian Cullen mare.
In New Zealand, that cross has left more than 120 winners, with three of them millionaires - Lazarus, Highview Tommy and Ohoka Punter.
Billy Lincoln is out of Ginnie Moon, who raced only five times, but her mum Armbro Innocence won 13 races here before being exported to the United States.
Cover Boy Pretty
Stable name: Blair
Ray Green: “He’s still turned out. He’s a big horse who showed a bit of ability but we’ll give him another month out.”
Breeding: Cover Boy Pretty is by Alabar’s new sire He’s Watching, who was US two-year-old colt of the year when he went undefeated in eight starts.
Winner of the Meadowlands Pace at three in a world record 1:46.8, He’s Watching has been keenly sought after here where his oldest progeny are two.
He is out of an unraced mare in Jessica Rose who has left Buy Chevron Direct, winner of 17 races.
Double Or Nothing FULL
Stable name: Louie
Ray Green: “He’s a beautifully balanced colt - he doesn’t wear an overcheck - and is a real character. He’s our great white hope. He ran a mile easily in under 2:08 last Saturday and I haven’t pushed him yet. He’s right up with the best Young Guns two-year-olds I’ve had.”
Breeding: Double Or Nothing was an impressive type even at the yearling sales when he cost Lincoln Farms $100,000.
He is by the much hyped new Woodlands Stud sire Sweet Lou out of an unraced Bettor’s Delight mare Love A Gamble.
His grand dam Stylish Sweetheart was one of the best youngsters of her era, winning seven races at two and 12 overall.
Stylish Sweetheart left 13-race winner Gomeo Romeo.
Double Or Nothing is a half brother to top pacer Let It Ride, who has won his last six starts in Australia for Tim Butt including two at Group I level.
Hampton Banner FULL
Stable name: Surf
Ray Green: “He got sick early on and is still a bit of a weakling but he’s quite a nice horse. He’s still growing and will end up a big horse. He’s back jogging. He won’t be a Young Guns horse but he’ll race as a two-year-old.”
Breeding: Hampton Banner, by leading sire Bettor’s Delight, is a full brother to six-race winner Scarlett Banner who has really made his mark this season since he switched gaits and started trotting.
His dam Surf And Sand has also produced Broadway Banner who has won two races this season.
It is the family of former speedster Spirit Of Zeus (11 wins) and Star Of Bethlehem who left Stars And Stripes (15 wins) and star juvenile Light And Sound (11 wins).
Stable name: Slip
Ray Green: “He was going really well but he couldn’t cope with the tempo we stepped him up to and started making breaks. He’s back jogging after a break but will need a bit of time to find himself.”
Breeding: Joey Lincoln is by Woodlands’ new sire Sweet Lou, whose stock are getting rave reviews both here and in America.
Already Sweet Lou has produced the highest priced weanling, $120,000, at the 2018 All Aged Sale and an outstanding yearling who sold for $150,000.
Joey is out of the two-race winning Bettor’s Delight mare Bettabe Fast.
Stable name: Yolo
Ray Green: “He’s a neat little horse but he went a bit sore and when we X-rayed him we found he had immature, soft bones. He’s shown plenty but we’ll leave him out until the New Year.”
Breeding: Larry Lincoln is by Woodlands Stud’s exciting new sire Sweet Lou whose first runners here will be this season’s two-year-olds.
Sweet Lou retired with earnings of US$3,478,894 and a best mile time of 1:47 and is already making his mark in the breeding barn in the United States.
He is out of the unraced mare Yolo.
His great grand dam Zenola Star left quality pacers Zenad (14 wins) and Zenola Seelster (12 wins).
Line Up SOLD
Stable name: Harry
Ray Green: “He’s a lovely mover who has shown good ability but he started doing things wrong when the pressure went on. He’s back jogging now but isn’t a Young Guns horse. He could be a late two-year-old.”
Breeding: Line Up has good looks and an even better pedigree.
He is by champion stallion Bettor’s Delight out of the Beach Towel mare Beach Parade. That makes him a full brother to crack 1:51.3 mare Partyon, winner of 17 of her 31 starts and $658,000 in stakes.
Man Of Action FULL
Stable name: Ramsey
Ray Green: “He should be a Young Guns horse. He’s a lovely horse, big and strong, and a real natural.”
Breeding: Man Of Action is a Woodlands Stud product through and through - by leading sire Bettor’s Delight out of their mare Grace Way, the winner of four races.
He is a full brother to excellent pacer Forgotten Highway, a candidate for November’s New Zealand Cup, and a half brother to Lincoln Farms’ own Make Way, winner of two races and a close fourth in last season’s Harness Jewels.
His grand dam Pacing Grace won eight races and left All U Need Is Faith and Pacing Major, who is still winning in the United States.
Hilary Barry (ex Princess Isabel) SOLD TO AMERICA
Stable name: Finnie
Ray Green: “She’s goes well and is a real tradesman who does everything right. She is training down really well and worked a mile in 2:10 the other day. She’s probably a Young Guns filly.”
Breeding: By champion sire Bettor’s Delight, Princess Isabel is out of Finiamo, making her a full sister to seven-race winner Glenisthebettor.
Finiamo won one race in a limited career but her half sister Livingontheinterest won 20 of her 48 starts, taking a mile record of 1:53.1 in Australia.
Sir Tiger FULL
Stable name: Tiger
Ray Green: “He could be the surprise packet, he’s developing into quite a nice horse. He was a bit unco-ordinated last time in but has come a long way this prep. He’s a real colt, a bit of a handful. They’d like to geld him but I don’t want to. He’s training down really well.”
Breeding: By Lincoln Farm’s own stallion Sir Lincoln, Sir Tiger is just the third foal out of Tigers Delight, whose dam Tigerish won 15 races and $491,000 for Pam and Lindsay Turner.
Lincoln Farms raced the best of Tigerish’s progeny, Justa Tiger, who won nine races.
Sir Lincoln had a terrific winners-to-starters ratio last season, with 16 individual winners from just 39 starters.
Stable name: Scooter
Ray Green: “He’s certainly got the ability, he just needs to get a bit stronger and more co-ordinated. He was getting down to good sectionals last time in but started doing things wrong. He’s not mentally there yet, still playing around, but he goes well.”
Breeding: By successful sire Art Major, Super Easy is a full brother to former Kiwi pacer Alleluia, who has now won 33 races and $520,000 in Australia.
He is also a half brother to Kingsman who has won his last two starts at Gloucester Park in Perth.
His dam Shy Annie was unraced but is out the well bred American mare Sudden Urge II.
Tiger’s Watching RETIRED
Stable name: Pam
Ray Green: “She’s huge on ability, she can fly, but we have to be careful with her or she could get a little hot. We’ll school her down quietly. She’s a big filly who has popped up again in the bum. We just need to be patient with her. If we did things wrong she could turn into a runaway.”
Breeding: By Woodlands’ sire American Ideal, Tiger’s Watching is out of an unraced mare in Tigerzureal but her grand dam Tigerish was very speedy and won 15 races and nearly half a million dollars.
Lincoln Farms raced Tigerzureal’s first foal, Linc’s Tiger, who won one race here before being sold to Perth where he has now won eight races.
This is only Tigerzureal’s second foal.
Tommy Lincoln FULL
Stable name: Timber
Ray Green: “He’s a big rangy guy we gelded. He’s a nice pacer but another who could get a little hot if we pushed him too soon. He’s not a Young Guns horse but he’ll come along a bit later.”
Breeding: Out of the Falcon Seelster mare Tania Tandias, Tommy Lincoln is by Woodlands Stud’s successful sire American Ideal.
He is a half brother to Lincoln Farms’ Lincoln Road, who won four races from only 13 starts before his recent sale to Queensland, and to Lincoln’s Girl, who has won two of her five starts for Lincoln Farms.
His grand dam Tandia’s Courage was a prolific producer for Bromac Lodge, her best Tatijana Bromac (8 wins), Tandias Bromac (14 wins) and Te Amo Bromac (7 wins).
Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them
Friday night at Auckland
Race 1: Tommy Lincoln
“They went fast last week and he was drilled down the back so he did well to hang on for second. He’s drawn to lead and will go another good race.”
Race 2: Apieceoflou
“If he gets a good trip, he’s the one to beat. Being hung out last week didn’t help but he still whacked away for second. He’s not as strong as he will be but he’s as honest as can be.”
Race 2: Franco Nandor
“He raced up like he was going to beat them last week but you have to forgive him as he hadn’t raced for a while.”
Race 4: Revitalise
“He was in a bit of strife for a couple of weeks but we’ve done a fair bit with his foot, we’ve swum him for the last week, and he’s training super. I’m very happy with him. He just needs some luck from the inside of the second row.”
Saturday night at Albion Park
Race 7: Northview Hustler
11.47pm NZ time
“We haven’t had him this sound for ages and he’s been sharp in training this week. His last three races have been really good and he’ll go forward and hopefully get the one-one behind Colt Thirty One. “They’ll know he’s alive if he’s on their backs.”