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Comfortable trial win shows stronger Lincoln Town’s ready to take an early trick

Lincoln Town showed he had his foot on the till with a tidy trial win at Waverley today.

Bouncing out smartly for jockey Rosie Myers, Lincoln Town disputed the pace on the outer with Enchanted Lady and, ridden quietly to the line, held off a big late charge by The Grinder to win by half a head.

Lincoln Town, placed in five of his seven starts, clocked 59.67 for the 1000 metres on a track described officially as a slow 7.

“But the track was actually really good today,” said trainer Lisa Latta. “The maidens were breaking 60 seconds.”

Latta was taken by the win given she said the runner-up, trained by Allan Sharrock, had a reputation for being quite smart.

“Rosie said she thought he’s going to be better suited by slow ground, rather than bottomless heavy tracks, so we’ll just have to pick our tracks with him.

“There’s a meeting coming up at Wanganui (July 10) that would suit him as it’s a sand-based track that usually gives them better footing.”

Latta will also try Lincoln Town in a hood after Myers’ recommendation today.

The Tavistock four-year-old was much stronger now than last campaign when he just couldn’t finish off his races.

Latta expects Lincoln Town to take an early trick for Lincoln Farms’ owners John and Lynne Street and will target a sprint after he struggled to see out 1600 metres last prep.

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Thursday at Otaki

Race 1: Lincoln Dreamer

“I’ve had to run him out of his class as he’s been struggling to get a start but he gets in with a nice weight advantage here. This is his first start over ground, which the jockeys have been saying he needs, and his work has been strong. While it is a big ask first time over ground, he needs to show something to warrant carrying on with him. Leah Hemi will ride from a nice draw of three.” Update: Scratched.

Race 4: Lincoln Raider

“He has drawn four with Jonathan Riddell to ride. We were reluctant to put a claimer on him as he didn’t jump out of the gates at Hastings. He went a great race last start with Jonathan on and would have won had he not been unlucky up the straight. He has continued to train on well and I expect him to be in the finish with a clear run.” Update: Scratched.

Race 4: Platinum Rapper

“She gets in at a nice weight with Sam O’Malley’s 3kg claim. She galloped huge this morning, and has run some of her best races at Otaki. If we get the rain that’s forecast I expect a very bold run.”

Race 5: Platinum Bordeaux

“There’s a fair bit of rain in the forecast so her 15 draw shouldn’t be too much of a concern as the inside will be off pretty quickly. Her best runs have also been when she’s gone back and finished it off. She is certainly a much stronger mare this time in after a decent break. She trialled up well at Foxton four weeks ago and I expect her to be doing her best work at the finish. Hazel Schofer will claim 2kg.”

Race 9: Lincoln Fury

“It’s a big ask running on heavy ground so early in his preparation but he won on a slow 9 at Otaki 11 months ago.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Wanganui

Race 1: Lincoln Hanover

“The track was rated a slow 7 this morning which I feel we will get away with as he won on a slow track at the trials and he will have first use of the track which is going to be a big advantage. He is a much more settled and stronger horse this time in and he has gone forward since his trial win.”

Race 3: Platinum Dubai

“Her work has been good and she is a very fast filly with good gate speed so would put herself in it from the good draw of three. But we know she doesn’t go on a rain-affected track and there’s more bad weather forecast today. We will obviously have to wait until race morning until we decide whether to scratch.”