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Larry Lincoln scores on debut at Cambridge. He returns there on Wednesday night and gets the same handy draw.

Cambridge best: Larry’s a fast customer and just needed that fresh-up run

With a run under his belt, expect the speedy pacer Larry Lincoln to be hard to beat at Cambridge on Wednesday night.

Lincoln Farms’ three-year-old meets a weaker field than the one he faced last week at Auckland when having his first race for nearly eight months.

And he has drawn perfectly in three, meaning new driver David Butcher should have no trouble finding the early lead.

Zachary Butcher, who is committed to his own horse Whisky Neat on Wednesday, never had to buzz up Larry Lincoln at the start at Alexandra Park, crossing untested from wide on the gate to lead, before taking a trail behind stablemate Man Of Action.

The Sweet Lou colt ran out of condition round the home bend after which Butcher didn’t push him.

Trainer Ray Green said Butcher reported he simply ran out of puff.

“You’d expect him to be right there this time. He’s a very capable horse who has quite a bit of speed.

“He doesn’t need to be gassed out of the gate - he probably burned too much petrol last time - and if he can find a nice trip, he’ll be very potent with his speed.

“They won’t go as fast as at Auckland (stablemate American Dealer clocked 2:43.4 for the 2200 metres) and of course he turned his debut at Cambridge into a demolition job.”

Larry Lincoln was sore and was spelled immediately afterwards, Green giving him plenty of time to get over his soft bones and growing pains.

While Apieceoflou (race three) didn’t flatter on debut at Auckland, when he was slow away then broke in the run home, Green is predicting a much better showing this time.

“He just didn’t know what to do when they kicked at Auckland last week but he’s trained on well since then and I think he’ll go well.”

David Butcher takes over the reins from Andrew Drake.

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Ray’s comments

Thursday night at Cambridge

Race 2: Commander Lincoln
6.06pm

“I thought he went quite well last time and he’s a chance of getting some of it. Andrew knows the horse well and, while he’s no champion, he tries hard.”

Race 6: Obadiah Dragon
7.46pm

“I can’t fault how he’s racing and he’s been unlucky several times at Cambridge. Yes, the others are higher graded than him but none of them are stars and most of the time at Cambridge the ones who get the good trips win. From the good draw, absolutely he can win. I wouldn’t like to be laying him.”

Dan Costello Race Photography