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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Our runners this week
Saturday at Otaki
Kamanda Lincoln, Lincoln Fury, Platinum Invador, Platinum Mam’selle.
News in brief
INVADOR CLOSER: Platinum Invador is now 22nd in the entry order for the 18-horse New Zealand Derby field at Ellerslie on March 2. The connections of Waikato Guineas winner Sponge Bob paid a $30,000 late entry fee on Tuesday to get the horse into the race.
RETIRED: Bush Whacked has been retired. Despite showing promise at trials the Sepoy three-year-old showed in three starts for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh that he simply didn’t want to be a racehorse.
TOUCH FLAT: Rider Robbie Hannam told stewards he thought Platinum Touch was feeling the effects of her debut run and felt flat after beating only two home at Trentham.
LOST DREAMS: Dreams Of Platinum has been sold to Australia. The four-year-old mare won one race and placed seven times in 21 starts, earning nearly $35,000.