Deb’s got another one - first it was Copy That, then My Copy and next it’s Lincolns Copy
Look out, there’s another one of those Copy horses in the pipeline!
Last week it was Copy That who took all the accolades by winning the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington.
Tonight it was little brother My Copy winning the appropriately named Copy That Back-to-back NZ Cup Wins Pace at Alexandra Park.
And waiting in the wings, there’s yet another foal out of Lively Nights who’s already getting the juices running out at Lincoln Farms.
This one’s not surprisingly been named Lincolns Copy, as Lincoln Farms’ owners John and Lynne Street have taken a half share in the yearling with Debbie Green, wife of Lincoln Farms’ trainer Ray Green.
And even though he’s just got his learner plates, Debbie Green is already sensing the colt could end up getting a few headlines of his own.
Unlike Copy That, who cost $7000 as a weanling, and My Copy, who was a $3000 weanling, Lincolns Copy came with a $30,000 yearling price tag, being out of Woodlands’ Stud’s much heralded new sire Downbytheseaside.
The colt made a less than memorable start to his career earlier in the year when, during his first experience in the cart he shied at something and ploughed through a fence.
“He ripped a piece out of his hind foot and it’s only this last week that Ray’s started on him again,” Debbie Green said.
“He had his second and third time in the cart on Tuesday and Wednesday and gave Ray a really good feel.”
That’s a lot more than My Copy achieved in his early education at Lincoln Farms where he was the butt of continued jokes from the staff.
There was none of the speed and guts that saw him run a last half in 55.4 tonight to claim the mile in 1:56.8.
“They all called him the clunker,” said Green who races the three-year-old. “He was a big, dorky thing, weak and clumsy, and he’d knuckle over all the time.”
But Green saw something in My Copy and took a bet with No. 1 stable driver Zachary Butcher he’d be the horse to put his sire Highview Tommy in lights.
“Do you think he needs to pay me now?” asked Green after My Copy’s third win from just 10 starts.
Driver Maurice McKendry wouldn’t argue with Green given how much improvement the horse has shown in the last few months.
“He’s really come good the last few runs,” said McKendry who did some early work to find the lead after 400 metres before relenting when Bettor Listen and Hesashorething attacked hard down the back straight.
“It was all on the last half, they were really humming. I let them go, but he was hanging in there, then at the 400 he started to swell up again.”
And when the home stretch run of the favourite Themighty Miki started to peter out, My Copy found his second wind, stuck his big, clunking head out and took a head, half head and neck decision.
Ray Green echoed McKendry’s rap that the horse was getting better and better.
“He’s showing more speed and he’s recovering from his races really well now too.”
My Copy’s success curve, which hit a $28,935 high tonight, justified Ray Green’s decision not to sell the horse for a discounted sum when a vet check found he needed a small bone chip removed from his fetlock.
“That saved Ray’s life,” said Debbie Green. “One of the nicest things he’s done for me was not selling this horse.
“But we don’t really need to sell any more. I love having them, that’s what it’s all about. Why do all the hard yakka for year after year then sell them?”
Frankie Major, who gave Lincoln Farms a perfect two winners from two starters later in the night, was the exact opposite of My Copy in that he always showed speed and agility in training.
He made an instant impact on hitting the racetrack, too, going down on debut by only a nose to Seve, the big thing in town at the time.
“He’s always been a little tradesman with a bit of speed. But tonight he showed he could burn at both ends, which will be great for him in the future.”
Hunting out from the gate wasn’t really in Green’s playbook tonight but when driver David Butcher told him pre-race he wanted to leave fast, Green didn’t object.
“I told David I didn’t think it would matter what he did, he’d still win. I don’t think a lot of people realised how good his run was in the Sires’ Stakes Final (at Addington).
“He was basically beaten before the start by the bad draw but he still passed half a dozen horses in the straight and ran great sectionals. I’m sure he could have been right in the fray from a good draw.”
Green said testimony of the horse’s ability was that he had run Merlin close not once but twice and even the top ranked youngster in the country could manage only fourth in the Sires’ Stakes Final from a similar second row draw.
“He’s a tidy horse this - he’s won three two-year-old races now and not many can do that. And hopefully he’ll get stronger next year. He could be a very nice three-year-old.”
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Race 2: Frisco Bay
“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”
Race 2: Lenny Lincoln
“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”
Race 3: Obadiah Dragon
“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”
Race 3: Leo Lincoln
“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”