Aloha, consistent Miss Oahu greets the judge at Woodville trials
Miss Oahu showed she could be in for a good season when scoring at the Woodville trials yesterday.
Ridden by Robbie Hannam, the Pins mare sat outside the leader in a three-horse field and went to the line locked together with the Johno Benner and Holly Wynyard-trained Vee Twelve to win the 1000 metre open heat by half a head.
“Her coat looked much better,’’ says Latta who took three horses to the trials for Lincoln Farms.
“If she pleases me out of this trial I will look to kick off her campaign at Wanganui on December 1.’’
Miss Oahu was seldom far from the money in her last campaign, winning twice and racking up four placings, and as a six-year-old should be fully matured.
In her latest placing in May she chased home Casaquinman, form franked during cup week when that horse won the Listed Pegasus Stakes at Riccarton.
Authentic Charm, a surprise winner at the Levin jumpouts two weeks earlier, continued her improvement when running second in her 1200 metre maiden heat.
The four-year-old trailed third before Hannam made a move on the point of the turn.
“Robbie said she was travelling very easily at this stage. She lodged her challenge halfway down but blew out as she is still carrying a lot of condition.
“I would expect this trial to bring her on and it should tidy her up to head back to the races.’’
Authentic Charm has shown little in four starts but Latta says she is from a very slow maturing family which includes her half brothers Authentic Paddy and The Rippa.
Hannam had instructions not to knock around Lincoln Hanover in his 1000 metre heat and he went to the line untested in fourth.
“I’m not real happy with his coat at the moment and I wanted this trial to bring him on further,’’ says Latta.
“I’ll see how he comes out of this trial and hopefully I can map out a raceday start for him.’’
Lincoln Hanover, a Showcasing three-year-old, is the first foal of Lincoln Farms’ former mare Princess Lincoln, who won four races, and was at her best in very wet ground.
Lincoln Hanover, on the other hand, failed on a heavy 11 track in July in his only start, never handling the conditions.
He has shown Latta, however, that he has plenty of ability.
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Wednesday at Hastings
Race 5 & 7: Platinum Appeal
“She hasn’t been 100% in her action in the last three or four days and we have some foot issues to sort out. She won’t be running. We’ll wait for Palmy next week.’’
Race 6: Authentic Charm
“I have chosen to back her up as this will be one of the last good tracks we will get - it’s a dead 4 today. We’ve got the in-form Zinjete Moki who claims 2kg down to 54.5kg. She meets a small line-up and this looks like a nice race for her in her last run for the season.’’
Race 8: Lincoln’s Gal
“She has come through her last start at Woodville very well. She beat herself that day when she missed the kick and ran home very well. With the rating 65 having being split, it means she meets a small but even field. From the good draw Jonathan Riddell should be able to possie up and be right in the finish.’’
Saturday at Trentham
Race 7: Platinum Rapper
“She galloped really well on Thursday and has progressed very well since her last run. The big, roomy track suits her and the conditions won’t worry her so I’m confident she’s a big chance.”
Race 8: Lincoln Fury
“I don’t want the track too heavy for him. I’ll wait until race morning to see how it is and what’s scratched but we may wait for Wanganui next Saturday. His work has been good but he just may be coming to the end of his preparation.’’
News in brief
GREEN FIBRILLATES: Lincoln Green had an atrial fibrillation at Otaki on Thursday and will need a vet clearance before racing again. The horse raced keenly early but gave ground quickly near the 600 metre mark and rider Robbie Hannam did not persevere with him in the run home when he suspected there was something amiss.