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Father Lenihan … lands in the right race and would love some more rain. PHOTO: Race Images.

Father Lenihan could do with a little divine intervention at Awapuni

Father Lenihan looks the standout chance of Lincoln Farms’ four runners at Awapuni on Saturday.

He faces only a small field of average quality in the third race and with the prospect of his main rival coming out and the likelihood of more rain, his prospects will be further bolstered.

Trainer Lisa Latta reports Father Lenihan has gone ahead since his last-start win on the course, also at 1400 metres.

And with nearly 7ml of rain predicted this afternoon it’s possible the present dead 6 track conditions could be downgraded, which would play into his hands - his win was in slow 7 conditions.

Latta was banking on more rain when she entered Father Lenihan for the 1400 metre race, given he is really looking for 1600 metres now.

But the horse has shown a good turn of foot in all three starts this campaign and Latta says he’d cope with a dead 6 just fine.

She is also likely to withdraw stablemate The Rippa, who looks his only serious rival, and send him north to Pukekohe where he has drawn one in a $35,000 Dunstan Championship qualifying race over 1600 metres.

Lincoln Fury … the form books won’t show it but he has been an impressive winner of his last two jumpouts. PHOTO: Royden Williams.Lincoln Fury … the form books won’t show it but he has been an impressive winner of his last two jumpouts. PHOTO: Royden Williams.Latta lines up talented youngster Lincoln Fury in the second race on Saturday where, after early scratchings, he has only five rivals.

But with the race being an open three-year-old event, four of those have very good form, and three are winners, stats which prevent Latta from labelling him first-up.

Latta was keen on his chances of winning fresh-up after the All Too Hard youngster scored back-to-back jumpout wins.

But as a rating 50 horse against far higher ranked runners, she says she will be happy if he can run in the first three.

“Being on our back doorstep it’s a good race to kick him off in.

Latta says to take no notice of the poor form of Johnny Lincoln in the fifth race.

“He’ll go much better than his form suggests. The step-up to 2000 metres will really suit him and so will the dead track.’’

Johnny Lincoln’s sole win came over 2050 metres and he has been all round the honey pot throughout his career, racking up six seconds, three thirds, three fourths and three fifths.

Though only eighth last time over 1600 metres at Hastings he was just 4.6 lengths from the winner, and doing his best work late.

Stablemate Lincoln Bay, without a suitable rider, is unlikely to start unless significant rain falls.

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Wednesday at Hastings

Race 5 & 7: Platinum Appeal

“She hasn’t been 100% in her action in the last three or four days and we have some foot issues to sort out. She won’t be running. We’ll wait for Palmy next week.’’

Race 6: Authentic Charm

“I have chosen to back her up as this will be one of the last good tracks we will get - it’s a dead 4 today. We’ve got the in-form Zinjete Moki who claims 2kg down to 54.5kg. She meets a small line-up and this looks like a nice race for her in her last run for the season.’’

Race 8: Lincoln’s Gal

“She has come through her last start at Woodville very well. She beat herself that day when she missed the kick and ran home very well. With the rating 65 having being split, it means she meets a small but even field. From the good draw Jonathan Riddell should be able to possie up and be right in the finish.’’

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Trentham

Race 7: Platinum Rapper

“She galloped really well on Thursday and has progressed very well since her last run. The big, roomy track suits her and the conditions won’t worry her so I’m confident she’s a big chance.”

Race 8: Lincoln Fury

“I don’t want the track too heavy for him. I’ll wait until race morning to see how it is and what’s scratched but we may wait for Wanganui next Saturday. His work has been good but he just may be coming to the end of his preparation.’’

Lincoln light

News in brief

GREEN FIBRILLATES: Lincoln Green had an atrial fibrillation at Otaki on Thursday and will need a vet clearance before racing again. The horse raced keenly early but gave ground quickly near the 600 metre mark and rider Robbie Hannam did not persevere with him in the run home when he suspected there was something amiss.