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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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.”
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.”