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Larry Lincoln is just a nose behind Man Of Action, inner, and cruising at the finish of his trial last week.

Al pumped over new Lincoln Farms’ pair - and he says Larry Lincoln is fair flying

Trainer Al Barnes is looking forward to tonight at Albion Park when he unleashes his two new Lincoln Farms runners, Larry Lincoln and Man Of Action.

Barnes says both horses will be hard to beat, Larry Lincoln, in particular, whom the bookies have a $1.45 hotpot for the fourth race.

“I can’t fault Larry, he’s a nice horse. On his trial and his work he should be winning. His work has been super at home and he’s ready to go.”

Barnes says his son Hayden was very taken by Larry Lincoln’s trial last week when he was pipped a nose by Man Of Action in a mile rate of 1:54.8.

“Hayden said he could have gone 1:53 and he’s improved since then.”

The field Larry faces tonight is below par and Barnes doesn’t expect his barrier six draw to be any hindrance over the 1660 metre trip.

Pukekohe trainer Ray Green never made a secret of the high speed Larry possesses, it was only his stamina that was in question here.

Man Of Action … has been in solid form at Auckland.Man Of Action … has been in solid form at Auckland.Man Of Action faces an even line-up in the sixth race, where he is a $2 favourite in gate four.

“He’s improving every time we work him but he’s still a little tubby for my liking and may need a couple of runs to tighten up.

“He’s not 100 percent yet but if he runs up to his trial he’ll run top three.”

Man Of Action has been a model of consistency since lockdown and was a last-start second to Adieu Flirt at Alexandra Park on August 20.

Brief break for Hustler

Meanwhile, Barnes has scratched Northview Hustler from his engagement on Saturday night.

The horse ran a terrific third equal last week behind Colt Thirty One but is a bit niggly this week, says Barnes.

“It’s nothing major but he’s a bit foot sore with corns and is a bit flat and tired and dry in the coat.

“The best he could have managed this week (from the second row) was to slip into fourth so I’ll give him a week off and a little freshen-up.”

Barnes says the Hustler is due for his monthly joint treatment but, unable to take him to the university, where he has always had a good result, he’s trying a new vet and a few different products.

“He should be back at the trials in three weeks and back at the races in a month.”

Larry Lincoln races at 9.24pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.Larry Lincoln races at 9.24pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.Man Of Action races at 10.22pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.Man Of Action races at 10.22pm 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.”

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