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Lisa Allpress presses the button and Lincoln’s Kruz races clear at Tauherenikau. PHOTO: Peter Rubery/Race Images.

Fast and furious - 1000 metre dash on Wellington Cup day next for Lincoln’s Kruz

No prizes for guessing that trainer Lisa Latta has found another 1000 metre race for Lincoln’s Kruz later this month.

The impressive black gelding made it two starts for two wins over 1000 metres at Tauherenikau when he exploded clear of his rivals close to home yesterday to easily beat Hold The Press and Casaquinman.

No time was recorded for the race but the maidens on the day clocked 56.16 and the two-year-olds 55.74 so it must have been swift.

The win, his fourth from 25 starts, earned $6720 and took his career tally to $50,331, but he’ll now get a shot at some serious money on Wellington Cup day, January 29.

Latta will set Lincoln’s Kruz for a $50,000 rating 74 event over 1000 metres, with a winner’s purse of $28,750, having proven the short course dash is what he excels at.

“They run along more over 1000 metres, and he gets off the bit, which really helps him as he can get up and travelling a bit keenly.”

Drawing one and having only five rivals on Sunday also helped the gelding as he didn’t get too far off the leaders, she said.

Lincoln’s Kruz and Lisa Allpress have Hold The Press well covered at Tauherenikau. PHOTO: Peter Rubery/Race Images.Lincoln’s Kruz and Lisa Allpress have Hold The Press well covered at Tauherenikau. PHOTO: Peter Rubery/Race Images.Confidently tipped by Latta, after being untested when blocked at his last start, Lincoln’s Kruz is much more settled and holding his form well this campaign with two wins and a second in just six starts.

“He’s definitely a lot stronger as a five-year-old. He’s carrying his condition a lot better and not lightening off after his races like he used to.”

Latta said the stable is now able to also keep on top of the foot trouble which hampered his earlier preparations - “He’s quite flat-footed.”

The black galloper, who caught the eye of Lincoln Farms’ boss John Street walking around the sale ring at Karaka at the 2018 ready-to-run sale of two-year-olds, has the pedigree to perform at a higher level. By sprint star Kuroshio, his dam, Myskina is a half sister to Group I Oakleigh Plate winner Miss Kournikova.

John and Lynne Street race Lincoln’s Kruz with their business manager Ian Middleton, Jeff and Vicky Roach, Peter and Bridget Morris and Sue Croft and Steve Haylock.

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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.”