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Lincoln Falls is seven wide coming round the home turn, with all four placegetters close in on the speed.

Don’t rule out Lincoln Falls in the Derby - he just needs his turn in a decent barrier

With a good draw and a cosy run Lincoln Falls can be right in the finish of next month’s $1million New Zealand Derby.

The Dundeel colt may have finished only fifth in Saturday’s Waikato Guineas but if you examine his run closely you wouldn’t be writing him off as a $21 chance like the TAB bookies.

Mathematically Lincoln Falls had no chance at Te Rapa after his wide draw saw him last early.

While the first four home, Sponge Bob, Arrogant, Sword In Stone and The Chosen One were getting sweet trips in the first five all the way, Johnathan Parkes was forced to cover the world to get into the race.

Parkes started a long run 1100 metres out, and from the 600 he was flushed four, five and six wide turning in.

The colt was timed over his last 600 metres in 34.7, almost exactly the same time clocked by the second, third and fourth horses who were close to the rails - Arrogant 34.67, Sword In Stone 34.63 and The Chosen One 34.66.

To get within 4.9 lengths of the winner was a very good effort given he gave away at least that ground coursing so wide and the first four round the home turn were the first four home.

While Lincoln Falls still slugged it out, pipping stablemate Lincoln Sky a nose, Parkes acknowledged he wilted close to the line.

Lincoln Falls with trainer Lisa Latta on Saturday, nails and hood in matching stable purple.Lincoln Falls with trainer Lisa Latta on Saturday, nails and hood in matching stable purple.“But he was entitled to as I had to ask him to make his run much too early and he was flushed very wide.’’

The run confirmed trainer Lisa Latta’s suspicion that while Lincoln Falls has a devastating sprint, it is a short one of about 200 metres.

“To get the derby distance (2400 metres) we need a good draw and a cosy run, closer to the speed.’’

Lincoln Falls won’t race again before the derby on March 2, while stablemate Platinum Invador will have his final lead-up in next week’s Avondale Guineas at Ellerslie.

Lincoln Sky is not nominated for the derby and will instead concentrate on good stakes at Awapuni and Trentham next month.

Lincoln Sky gained a solid pass mark yesterday from rider Jonathan Riddell.

“I got pushed down to the inside and got stuck in there but he went well and he’s going to be all right.’’

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Lisa’s comments

Thursday at Woodville

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“She has drawn perfectly in barrier seven so Robbie (Hannam) should be able to possie up just behind the pace, which is an advantage at Woodville. Her work has been very good since her last run and she should strike the perfect track for her, a dead 5. This is a very even line-up and she should be right in the finish.’’

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News in brief

TOP TIP: Trainer Lisa Latta was right on the money about $35 starter Lincoln Hills who ran a terrific fourth in very strong company at Awapuni. “He would have run even closer had he not pulled himself into the ground,” Latta said. Follow him on April 25.

INVADOR HOME: Platinum Invador is back in the country and will go straight to the spelling paddock after failing in the A$2million Australian Derby. Trainer Lisa Latta says in hindsight the three runs in two weeks he had on his NZ Derby camapign left him a tired horse.