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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’s comments

Saturday at Awapuni

Race 5: Lincoln’s Kruz
1.13pm

“He has trained on well since his trial. The track is going to be very testing (heavy 11) on Saturday and he is untried in these conditions but there’s not a lot of exposed form in the field and, if he handles the track, I’d expect him to be right in the thick of it.”

Race 8: Platinum Rapper
2.53pm

“We’ve decided to go with the 3kg claim of Temyia Taiaroa in what is a strong field. She will come down to 52kg which will really help her on the heavy track. She has had a jumpout and a trial to prepare for this so, with the right run, should be right in the mix.”

Race 9: Lincoln Dreamer
3.28pm

“He has Kozzi Asano up so will claim 1kg which will be a help. He handles wet tracks and has won on a heavy track before. This may be a bit short of his best distance but I expect him to get back in the running and be doing his best work late. He has been working well and I’m looking forward to seeing him back at the races on a wet track.”

Race 10: Benny Lincoln
4.02pm

“The field isn’t very strong but he has had only one jumpout so I am expecting he will improve a lot from the run. He handled the track well at the jumpouts so I think he will handle wet ground, but he may be one run away. Kozzi Asano will claim 1kg.”