Frisco Bay … better drawn on Friday night and has a run under his belt. PHOTO: Trish Dunell.

Better draw will help Frisco but Ray’s quartet for Friday all in early stages of new prep

Trainer Ray Green is hoping an improved draw will help Frisco Bay show his real worth at Auckland on Friday night.

But Green isn’t about to label any of Lincoln Farms’ four runners on the night, each in the early stages of new preparations.

Green says he was a little disappointed with Frisco Bay at Cambridge last Friday night when driver Andre Poutama whipped round the field a lap from home to sit parked and he dropped out to last.

Even though it was his first race in more than five months, Frisco Bay had been expected to go well after a throat operation which saw him trialling like his old self.

“He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired.

“He obviously needed it and the run will help him get fitter. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”

Green suspects Lenny Lincoln might need the run in the same race, his first for three months.

“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good.”

Those efforts, behind the likes of Always B Elite, The Surfer and Medina Magic, confirmed the Vincent gelding was honest but Green says he’ll need to improve a notch.

“He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”

Driven by Nathan Delany, Lenny Lincoln improved from the back of the field and was doing his best work at the finish, one and a half lengths and a nose from winner Vinnie Turbo.

Green also lines up two improvers in the following race, Leo Lincoln and Obadiah Dragon.

Consistent Leo Lincoln out on his own in this win at Auckland last December. PHOTO: Megan Liefting/Race Images.Consistent Leo Lincoln out on his own in this win at Auckland last December. PHOTO: Megan Liefting/Race Images.Leo Lincoln has had a month’s freshen-up after three excellent races in December when he won and ran fine seconds to Penny Black in a slick 2:41.4 and Christopher Vance when he beat home Friday night’s hot favourite Twista.

“Leo needed a break, he’d backed up quite a few weeks on end,” Green said. “He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques.

“And he just couldn’t cop a run like last time when he sat parked behind Jeremiah.

“He’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”

Leo Lincoln has drawn the inside of the second row but maps to get a cushy pegs run with pole runner Akatea sure to hold a forward spot.

Obadian Dragon’s run last week, when sixth of nine, was better than it looked, says Green, even though he shared the rear in the running and finished 8.3 lengths from the winner, Potter.

“The way the race was run, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it.

“He’ll be improved for the run.”

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Ray’s comments

Thursday night at Cambridge

Race 1: Major Achievement

“It’s his first race for a while and he hasn’t been setting the world on fire at the workouts. But he’s been racing better animals and this isn’t a stellar bunch. He’s a chance if things go his way. I’ve given Mathew Salaivao the drive.”

Race 1: Commander Lincoln

“He’s an average horse but the last time he raced here in amateur company he all but won. He’ll need luck from the second row but, while I couldn’t label him, he’s a runner’s chance.”

Race 5: Onyx Shard

“She got a bit sick for a while with a virus and I had to back off her. She seems over that now but I’m picking she’ll need a race. This will be like a glorified trial for her.”

Race 8: My Copy

“He came to the end of it so I gave him a little freshen-up and he seems in good shape again. It will be interesting to see how he goes fresh - he may need a race but he’ll appreciate the step-down in class. I’m running him here so he doesn’t come up against any bear cats first-up.”

Race 9: Lincoln Cove

“Hopefully he’s getting better but you’ve just got to take him on trust. He has ability but the desire has been sadly lacking. Zac will have to sit quietly on him as he broke when given only one tap with the stick last time. The small field will suit him as he won’t be too far off them. If he doesn’t make any mistakes, he’ll give them a fright.”

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 3: Leo Lincoln

“Maurice said he would have finished a lot closer last time than sixth (fourth or even third) had he not locked wheels at the 100. That took all his momentum away. He’s been holding his form well and he gets out well enough to use the inside draw. He’s a chance to get some of the money.”

Race 5: Sugar Ray Lincoln

“He did have marks on his boot after his last run and trying a spreader on him has helped. But he’s a real baby. He has real ability but he’s still developing mentally and physically and we’re still finding our way with him.”

Race 5: Lincoln Lou

“He’s racing well but he’ll find it tough from the outside draw.”

Race 6: Debbie Lincoln

“I can’t see her improving enough to give the Purdon/Phelan trio a fright. She can go (fast) enough but still has a lot to learn. The main thing for her is getting round safely. She’s put two in a row now so hopefully she’ll start improving.”

Race 10: Lincoln La Moose

“He had an excuse last time - he got wiped out on the first corner and that was the end of his race. I like him, he’s a nice horse, just not quite as experienced as Frisco Bay.”

Race 10: Frisco Bay

“I lean towards Frisky as the better chance of our two. You can’t fault what he did the other night at Cambridge, and he seems to be on the improve. He’s more reliable than Lincoln La Moose.”

Dan Costello Race Photography