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Check out Saturday’s big shortener Lincoln King who is ‘absolutely full of life’

Lincoln King has been the big shortener for Saturday’s $75,000 Metropolitan Trophy at Riccarton.

Lincoln Farms’ stayer will be having his final lead-up to Saturday week’s $250,000 New Zealand Cup and is favoured by the step-up to 2500 metres this weekend.

Plenty of punters have followed the bullish advice of trainer Stephen Marsh since his opening quote of $6 was posted earlier in the week.

He now claims equal favouritism at $4.50 with Spring Classic winner Southern Ocean.

Of his other main rivals, Swords Drawn has eased from $4.80 to $6 and Beaudz Well is in slightly from $5.50 to $5.

Stable foreman Rhys Mildon reported today that Lincoln King had put on good condition in his time in the south.

“And he’s been full of life at the end of his gallops this week, bouncing off the track, which he doesn’t normally do.”

Lincoln King has been crunched in the cup market, in from $9 to $7 in the last two days, claiming equal second favouritism with Swords Drawn. Beaudz Well and Southern Ocean are equal $6 favourites.

Lincoln King, who cannot be rehandicapped if he wins on Saturday, was beaten a whisker in the cup last year by Dragon Storm.

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Trentham

Race 1: Lincoln Valley

“He didn’t have all favours last start- he was three wide without cover the trip and the effort told in the last bit. He also got squeezed up a little late. From the six draw we will go forward and I’m sure Lisa will have learned a lot from him in his last run. His work has been really good and I have added a nasal strip as he is quite a noisy breather and it may help. It’s not an overly strong field and the big roomy track will suit.”

Race 7: Platinum Spirit

“We are racing him out of his grade so he gets in at a nice light weight. Carrying 60kg last start was a really big ask and he got there a touch too soon. He has drawn awkwardly at 12 but he has the ability to put himself in the race if there’s a lack of speed. He looks fantastic and still holds a nomination for the Wellington Cup next week but might need to gain a few more points to get into the field. Chris Dell rides.”

Race 8: Father Lenihan

“The outside draw is tricky but Robbie knows him well - he’s ridden him in three of his four wins - and I’m sure he will make him jump and put him on the speed. He’s been out of the winner’s circle for a while but he went a great race last start and this field is nowhere near as strong. We were going to step him up over ground but he sits so awkwardly in the ratings at 76 that he would be carrying the top weight of 62kg in a R74 2000m.”