Better model Lincoln Hanover poised to break his duck at Waipukurau on Sunday
Lincoln Hanover is poised to end a string of frustrating placings spanning nine months when he lines up at Waipukurau on Sunday.
The Showcasing four-year-old has racked up four seconds and two thirds in his eight-start career but trainer Lisa Latta says all the signs are there that he is on the verge of breaking his duck.
When Lincoln Hanover resumed from a near six-month spell at Otaki on November 7, it was on the back of only one jumpout and, despite being collared early in the run home, he fought on bravely, conceding only in the last 100 metres.
But it wasn’t so much his fight, that saw him finish only one and a quarter lengths from winner Super Girl, that impressed Latta, rather the way he conducted himself before the race.
“He used to get really wound up before his races but he wasn’t at Otaki. He’s much more settled this time in and he’s trained on really well.”
Latta says the Lincoln Hanover racegoers will see on Sunday is a far better model than last season - all over stronger - and after Waipukurau she will step him up over more ground.
“Robbie (Hannam) is adamant he’ll be better over 1400 metres and 1600 metres but I don’t know … His mum wasn’t really.”
Dam Princess Lincoln won four races for Latta and Lincoln Farms, scoring a wet track 1200 metre hat-trick in the winter of 2012, and just one win over 1400 metres.
Drawn the ace and with his ability to lead or race on the pace, Lincoln Hanover will give his rivals plenty to think about on Sunday.
None of Lincoln Farms’ other three runners on the day look winning material although the possible surprise packet is Ajay Lincoln in the opening race.
With just one placing from 10 starts, it would be a brave person to say his lodgings at Latta’s stables are safe.
But this will be the first time he has lined up over 2200 metres, a distance which Hannam has believed for a long time will reveal a different horse.
Even though Ajay Lincoln got 1800 metres at New Plymouth last time, and was never in the call, Latta says he was beaten by a muddling pace and on-speed bias.
“He’s also very lazy and one-paced and it’s possible the apprentice (Kozzi Asano) might not have been strong enough to make him go.”
Regular rider Hannam gets back on board on Sunday and Latta says “he’ll be positive from the gates and get him into the race to give him every chance to step up and show something.”
Latta isn’t expecting a lot from Jimmy Choux debutant Benny Lincoln in the second race.
“He’s been very slow maturing but his work this time on better tracks has been a lot better.”
Hannam reported the horse to be very one paced in his latest trial at Foxton when he had to be pushed out to run third.
“But he has a super attitude and I think he’ll be better when he gets up over ground.”
Fifth race runner Lincoln’s Gal blew out when resuming at Awapuni and Latta expects she’ll need another run, and a longer trip, before showing her best.
“It’s also quite a strong field.”
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Saturday at Trentham
Race 3: Lincoln Raider
“He has come through his last run at Awapuni well and meets a handy line up with Sinarahma, who beat us last time, the danger. While the inside is not an ideal draw for him we have one of the best aboard in Opie Bosson and I’m sure he’ll find a path through them. This race looks well within his capabilities and he will enjoy being back on the roomy track where he has won three of his four races.”
Race 6: Platinum Road
“He won his first race here in December and ran a top third at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. He has pleased me with how he has come through the trip away and I’m very happy with him. He gets in on the minimum weight of 54kg and meets a field of older horses that has some form in it. But this race fits in well with his derby programme and I’m expecting another top run from him.”
Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln
“I’ve changed his gear and gone back to the ring bit. I’ll be instructing Darryl (Bradley) to try to get handier to them as he’s been giving the opposition too big a start. Over 3200 metres there’s no reason why he can’t be closer. He ran ninth in the cup last year after starting from barrier 17 so I think the better draw is the key to his chances. He gets in on the minimum of 53kg.”
Race 9: Johnny Lincoln
“He’s been running very honest races and keeps grinding away so I feel the distance will suit him. He has continued to please me in training and, while I would have preferred a better draw, we will look to roll forward with him and hopefully Robbie (Hannam) can get a nice spot. These races are won by horses who can run out the 3200 metres strongly and I am really looking forward to seeing how he performs.”
Race 10: Lincoln Star
“I have brought him back in distance after his last run over a middle distance on Boxing Day. He has drawn well and should be able to get a nice, economical trip in midfield. The big track will suit him and has run some very good races over 1600 metres so, if he can reproduce his best form, he is capable of being right in the finish. His recent work has been good.”
Monday at Otaki
Race 3: Lincoln Town
“He was disappointing in his jumpout when ridden in behind. His trackwork since has been only fair but he is an average track worker anyway who only does as much as he has to. All his form has been on rain-affected tracks so we will see on Monday whether he can go on top of the ground.”
Race 5: Benny Lincoln
“He ran a cracking race last time at Otaki and will appreciate the step-up to 1600 metres. He will also be against his own age group here. His work has been good and this looks a very winnable race for him.”
Race 6: Lincoln Lane
“He’s first-up after a long break but has improved a lot since his jumpout and has a good draw to use. I will be happy to just see him doing his best work at the finish.”
Race 7: Master Lincoln
“He ran a very good fourth when resuming and has trained on very well since. He has an awkward gate to overcome but it’s only a moderate field. Any give in the track will help his chances as his best form appears to be on dead surfaces.”