Authentic Charm worth a nibble at popular Tauherenikau picnic meeting on Wednesday
Don’t let the wide draw put you off Authentic Charm when our holiday special lines up at Tauherenikau on Wednesday.
The horse which trainer Lisa Latta singled out before Christmas as one to watch out for has come up with the nine alley in a 12-horse field for the fifth race at the popular picnic meeting.
“I’m not worried about the wide draw as we have been riding her back at the trials and she has been hitting the line very strongly,’’ says Latta.
Authentic Charm, who has no form in four starts, has been working strongly for Latta this time in, performing well in all three conditioning gallops.
And Latta is confident the slow maturing Per Incanto mare is ready to show her true worth in her first start since May.
She is not without opposition - Kevin Gray’s Go James in particular looking a big chance on debut after winning three of his four trials - but Latta says the little half sister to her old marvel Authentic Paddy should be right in the fight.
Long odds for other pair
Lincoln Farms’ other two runners on Wednesday will be at long odds, Lincoln’s Gal runs into the talented three-year-old King Louis in the second race and Ajay Lincoln, back from injury, will find the 1400 metres of the fourth race far too short.
Lincoln’s Gal has been woeful in her last two starts at Otaki and Wanganui but Latta says she has a lot more ability than she is showing.
“There’s been nothing amiss but she just hasn’t raced up to scratch so I have taken the ear covers off her.
“She did work particularly well on Saturday morning and looks the best she has in a very long time.
“She is racing out of her class but Robbie (Hannam) is expecting a better run from her.’’
Ajay Lincoln hasn’t raced since he debuted on November 15 and will be outpaced on Wednesday, says Latta.
The horse missed work after stepping sideways in the hose bay after galloping and standing on a toe clip which bruised his back foot - “He is a bit of a softy.’’
“He hasn’t got a good draw but there’s no point in scratching him. I think it’s better to line him up and let him run home.
“We won’t see the best of him until he gets over a lot more ground.’’
Our runners this week
Monday at Otaki
Authentic Charm, Lincoln Fury, Ajay Lincoln, Alesha Lincoln, Port Lincoln, Master Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer.
Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them
Saturday at Trentham
Race 1: Platinum Mam’selle
“There appears to be a lot of speed in the race which will suit her pattern of racing which is to get back and finish over the top of them. She has trained on well after her unlucky run at Stratford and is back against her own age group on Saturday in a small field.’’
Race 2: Miss Oahu
“It was a very average ride at Hastings last time which saw her caught four wide in the running. She has trained on well and has good gate speed so we will look to go forward and hopefully end up right behind the speed. I am expecting another bold run from her.’’
Race 3: Platinum Invador
“He has come up with another good draw in three and gets in with a nice weight of 56.5kg. He is up another rating band, however, and this field is a lot stronger field than the one he beat at Otaki. I am very happy with the way he has come through that race and also with his work this week.”
Race 6: Lincoln Sky
“He came through last Saturday’s race really well but I want to see how he does over the rest of the week before committing to a start on Saturday. Madan (Singh) said last week that he felt the horse was looking for a mile as he is so laid back.’’
Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln
“Unfortunately he has drawn wide (18) in the Wellington Cup which means we will probably have to ride him for luck, which is always more difficult in these big races. I am happy with where he is at but we are going to need a magical ride from Sam Collett.’’
Race 10: Father Lenihan
“He galloped well yesterday morning but pulled up sore in his near front. He had a pulse in the foot so we poulticed it for 24 hours and the blacksmith came this morning and said he had a bit of bruising. He was about 95% right today and providing we keep on top of it I am reasonably confident we will get him there on Saturday. If he is not 100% he will be scratched.’’
Race 10: Lincoln Raider
“I’ve engaged Leith Innes to ride him and he has freshened up nicely after his Ellerslie run. After watching that race you can see him bounce off the rail two or three times. I think he is a better horse left alone early and given one clear run at them and that is what we will aim to do on Saturday.’’
News in brief
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.
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.