Ajay Lincoln will run better on Wednesday than his formline suggests
Ajay Lincoln looks like carrying the Lincoln Farms’ banner solo at Tauherenikau on Wednesday with the expected defection of Authentic Charm.
But while the horse’s form looks woeful, trainer Lisa Latta says to expect a much better run in his first tilt at a middle distance.
Latta is almost certain to scratch Authentic Charm from the second race because it will be too tough for her, drawn nine of 11. Instead she will run the mare on her home track at Awapuni on Friday.
“It’s too hard when you’re drawn out, particularly at Tauherenikau. We’ve been teaching her to go back and relax and she’ll get too far off them from there.’’
Ajay Lincoln will be at long odds in the third race, even with magic rider Chris Johnson aboard, but Latta says he’ll run better than his 998 formline suggests.
“He’s drawn nicely at barrier five and I am looking forward to finally getting him up over a middle distance.
“While he hasn’t shown much so far he hasn’t been stopping and last time Chris rode him he said step him up to 2000 metres straight away.
“He works like a nice stayer and even though he’ll be better when he’s four I want to see him show something.’’
Latta says Johnson reported Ajay Lincoln raced much better in blinkers at his last start.
“He hadn’t been doing things right and didn’t want to be among other horses.’’
The Sebring gelding is bred to show something over ground. He is out of the four-race winning mare Full Of Spirit who bagged the 2012 Group III Adrian Knox (2000m) at Randwick before running fourth in the ATC Oaks (2400m).
“I know he’ll be a lot better when he strengthens up but if he can even weigh in on Wednesday I’d be happy.’’
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Thursday at Hastings
Race 6: Lincoln Town
“He’s drawn the outside but with the rail out 10 metres they’re only starting twelve horses and he has the gate speed to go forward so this will negate the draw. He worked nicely this morning and has continued to hold his condition well. I expect him to be right in the finish.”
Race 8: Ajay Lincoln
“He has a nice draw and the step-up to 1650 metres will suit. The track has come up a slow 8 and hopefully it will stay in that range as he will appreciate that better than the heavy ground he struck at Awapuni. He is finally starting to do things right and seems a lot more switched on. I’m expecting a better run from him.”
Saturday at New Plymouth
Race 1: Manhattan Street
“There’s a lot of rain in the forecast so the track should be very wet and loose track which is what he wants. We’re trying to get some miles into him so we can eventually run him in a hurdle. There are a couple of smart types in the race in My Gift and Obsessive but I’m expecting a better run from him.”
Race 6: Platinum Rapper
“She needed the run at Awapuni last time and her work has been very good since. We decided on going for the cup as she gets in on the minimum and it’s another chance to get black type with her. When she met Rosewood at weight-for-age at Wanganui there was a 1.5kg difference but she gets 5.5kg this time. We know from the Wanganui run that she is up to this company and, while this field is slightly stronger, I feel she can be right in the finish. The track conditions will suit her.”