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Larry Lincoln and Hayden Barnes look a winning combination on Friday night. PHOTO: Dan Costello.

Al and Hayden happy as Larry after brilliant trackwork in lead-up to Friday at the Creek

Brilliant trackwork during the week has Larry Lincoln’s connections very bullish about his winning at Albion Park on Friday night.

“On the times he’s been running he should just be winning,” says trainer Al Barnes.

“Hayden was been rapt with his work through the week. He’s worked as good as anything we’ve got.”

But don’t expect Hayden to simply blast to the lead in the fifth race and try to defie his rivals.

After scoring an easy win in his Queensland debut, when he mile rated in 1:55, Larry Lincoln has disappointed when sixth in his next two outings, driven aggressively both times.

Trainer Al Barnes suspects the horse doesn’t like that style of racing.

“Hayden couldn’t understand why he pulled up with such a high heart rate last week but working too hard on what is now a heavy track obviously doesn’t work.

“We’ll drive him quietly on Friday, just hold our position out of the gate, and give him some confidence.

“It’s not a strong field - it’s a bit of a drop in class on what he’s been racing - so from two he should be winning.”

A measure of Larry Lincoln’s chances is the fact the early second favourite is the less than impressive It’s Super Easy, whom Barnes trained for Lincoln Farms for four starts earlier in the year before he was sold.

Barnes says it’s the horse’s work this week, rather than the switch back from 2138 metres to 1660 metres that gives him such confidence.

Larry Lincoln races at 10.18pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.Larry Lincoln races at 10.18pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.

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Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Cambridge

Race 3: Lincoln Lou
6.39pm

“He’s a beautiful little horse and I’m looking forward to seeing him run. It’s hard to know how good he is, or how far he’ll go, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday. He’s the one to beat from the draw. If he doesn’t win, he won’t be far away.”

Race 5: Commander Lincoln
7.31pm

“I won’t be holding my breath. He tries hard enough but he lacks a bit of high speed.”

Race 8: Onyx Shard
8.55pm

“It’s two and a half months since she last raced, and she didn’t grow as much as I thought she would, but I’m expecting her to go a good race. Her last two trials have been good and she’s pulled up well.”

Race 8: Obadiah Dragon
8.55pm

“He’ll need a good trip from five but he’s not out of it. He went a good race last time at Cambridge and would be as equal a chance as Onxy Shard.”

Race 8: Beaudiene Rocknroll
8.55pm

“It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff with him until they let them go but he should step away this time. Zac (Butcher) said the gate went particularly slowly before that race and that’s why he got impatient. I thought he did well to recover for third. If he made the front, where he goes best, he’d be hard to beat.”

Race 9: Frisco Bay
9.22pm

“He’s a tidy horse and I’m expecting a big run. We’ve sorted the problem he had with his breathing last season and he’s right in the zone now after a second and a win at the workouts.”

Mark Dux

Mark Dux’s comments

Saturday night at Albion Park

Race 5: Argyle
11.02pm NZ time

“It wouldn’t have mattered where he drew this week, he’s in the money, barring bad luck. He’s going terrific and he gets in so well at the ratings.”

Whales Harness