Authentic Charm … trialled like a winner before resuming in the New Year. PHOTO: Royden Williams.

Authentic Charm gets her chance on Friday from a good alley

At last, Authentic Charm has drawn an alley.

The Per Incanto mare landed gate four for the second race at Awapuni on Friday, just what trainer Lisa Latta was hoping for when she scratched her from today’s meeting at Tauherenikau because of a wide draw.

“We have given her two runs from barrier nine and it has meant she has had to do too much in the running to make up ground on the leaders.

“From four, hopefully Robbie (Hannam) can get a spot or two further forward so she won’t be giving the leaders such a big start.

“She has continued to work well and I am looking forward to seeing what she can do. This looks a nice race for her.”

Authentic Charm has run very good fifths in both starts this season:

  • First-up at Wairarapa on January 2 she did well to close within two lengths of the winner, unleashing the fastest last 600 metres in the race of 34.07 despite pulling ferociously on a walkfest pace.
  • And last time at Otaki on January 21, she had to be restrained from a wide draw and was held up rounding the turn and early in the run home before angling out across heels to finally get clear 200 metres out.

Fresh tactics

Latta has tried something a bit different with the out-of-form Lincoln Hills in the third race, taking him to the races without a trial.

Master Lincoln … should improve now he’s stepping up to 2100 metres. PHOTO: Royden Williams.Master Lincoln … should improve now he’s stepping up to 2100 metres. PHOTO: Royden Williams.“I know he’s been very disappointing but he’s always trialled well fresh. His first trial in particular has always been very good, so I thought we’d try him at the races while he’s still fresh.

“He galloped really well on Tuesday morning.

“Jonathan Riddell will go back from the wide draw and hopefully he can hit the line strongly.’’

Master Lincoln, another to run poorly last start, has a few things in his favour in the eighth race - he has the ace draw, he steps up to a middle distance, which he needs, and he has a senior rider in Jonathan Riddell aboard.

“I thought a claim might help him last time but he never raised a gallop. We’ve got a stronger rider on this time.’’

Two starts back Master Lincoln ran second at Wanganui with Johnathan Parkes aboard.

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

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.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

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.”