Budding stayer Lincoln Lane coming to it nicely but Lisa will give him more time yet
Jockey Robbie Hannam is predicting a nice staying future for Lincoln Lane who showed a glimpse of his real ability with a strong trial win at Foxton yesterday.
The Savabeel three-year-old had only two rivals in his 1400 metre heat, run in heavy 10 conditions, and Hannam bided his time, sitting last until the home straight.
Trainer Lisa Latta, who fitted blinkers and a tongue tie to the horse, was pleased to see him let down nicely for Hannam to take the heat by a length over Bill Thurlow’s Keep It Up in 1:33.68.
“He ran home superbly with his ears pricked,’’ said Hannam. “He’s still a baby but with one more prep he’ll be a really nice staying horse.’’
Latta says she now plans to put Lincoln Lane aside for six weeks to strengthen.
“It’s a good positive note to put him out on and at least he now has points to get into any race.’’
Latta and Hannam were also encouraged by the effort of Ajay Lincoln who ran second in his 1200 metre heat.
In a six-horse heat Hannam settled second last and made up nice ground through the field on the turn, hitting the line well to run second, beaten two lengths.
“The leader kicked away but Robbie said he made up good ground,’’ said Latta.
“The horse handled the wet track and will get up over distance in time.
“He is now ready to race and we will look to start him at the beginning of July.”
The Sebring three-year-old is unplaced in four starts but has just needed time.
While Zed colt Demetrias beat only one home in his two-year-old catchweight heat over 1000 metres, Latta was pleased to see him at least get into the action.
“In his first two jumpouts he missed the jump badly and just followed the field and never got up and travelling.
“Robbie made him do a bit this time, and that’s why he had a really good blow afterwards.’’
Demetrias sat second in the running but just battled up the home straight.
“Robbie felt he would improve a lot with the run so I will give him another jumpout at Levin on June 26 and we’ll ride him off the speed so he can find the line.
“Then he’ll have a month in the paddock as he has been in work a very long time.’’
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Our runners this week
Saturday at Trentham
Platinum Invador, Platinum Dubai, Princess Amelie, Johnny Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer, Platinum Bordeaux.
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Thursday at Woodville
Race 2: Ajay Lincoln
“He has a wide draw but will come in a lot when the ballots come out. The track looks like it will be more suitable, in the dead range. It will be good to get this race into him and then step him up to a middle distance as Robbie has always felt he would be better over a longer distance. I am expecting a far better run on an improved track.”
Race 3: Lincoln Star
“He has trained on well since his good run at Hastings. The outside draw doesn’t help but we will be positive, go forward, and try to get some cover. He has continued to work well and, with luck, he should be in the finish.”