Father Lenihan if it’s wet, Master Lincoln if it’s dry, Latta has all bases covered
With a terrible weather forecast, trainer Lisa Latta is tipping Father Lenihan as her best chance for Lincoln Farms at Awapuni on Saturday.
But if the rains don’t arrive, and the conditions stay at today’s dead6, she’ll be leaning towards Master Lincoln instead.
Latta saddles two for Lincoln Farms in the second race, Father Lenihan and Lincoln Star, along with a third runner Platinum Wild Card. But it’s Father Lenihan, having his third run this prep who she fancies most.
“He’s always loved a slow track and even if we get a fair bit of rain I don’t think it will worry him.
“He’s really looking for further than 1400 metres but it could be more like 1600 metres if we get the rain that’s forecast.”
Latta was taken by Father Lenihan’s effort for fourth last Saturday at Trentham behind super impressive stablemate Lincoln Raider.
“I thought it was a huge effort. He drew wide and Robbie (Hannam) had to use him up to ride him up handy.”
Father Lenihan took over 400 metres from home and it was only late that the O’Reilly four-year-old succumbed, still fighting bravely to be only one and a quarter lengths from the winner.
Father Lenihan won his sole race on a slow 9 track and has also won a trial on a heavy 11 - “But he doesn’t really want it heavy.”
In wet conditions, Latta also has a hankering for Platinum Volos in the third race.
The four-year-old Dalghar gelding hasn’t raced since September 8 when he stood in the gates, lost all chance, and was ordered to trial before fronting up again.
He did that, at Waverley on October 16, when the addition of pacifiers and a barrier blanket did the trick.
“Hopefully he jumps out on terms because he has the ability and he likes an off track.”
If the track doesn’t deteriorate as much as expected, Latta says she’d be pretty confident over the chances of Master Lincoln in race eight.
“His jumpout was very good last week, but the track was pretty good there, and he has trained on well since. I just hope it doesn’t get too wet for him as a nice dead/slow is probably what he prefers. I’d be wary if it got wetter than that.
“He will get back from the wide draw and we will look to power over the top of them.”
Manhattan Street, who opens for Lincoln Farms in the first race, has been up a long time, says Latta, but a wetter track on Saturday would help him no end.
“He’s had a bit more spring in his step with the rain around this week.”
Our runners this week
Monday at Otaki
Authentic Charm, Lincoln Fury, Ajay Lincoln, Alesha Lincoln, Port Lincoln, Master Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer.
Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them
Saturday at Trentham
Race 1: Platinum Mam’selle
“There appears to be a lot of speed in the race which will suit her pattern of racing which is to get back and finish over the top of them. She has trained on well after her unlucky run at Stratford and is back against her own age group on Saturday in a small field.’’
Race 2: Miss Oahu
“It was a very average ride at Hastings last time which saw her caught four wide in the running. She has trained on well and has good gate speed so we will look to go forward and hopefully end up right behind the speed. I am expecting another bold run from her.’’
Race 3: Platinum Invador
“He has come up with another good draw in three and gets in with a nice weight of 56.5kg. He is up another rating band, however, and this field is a lot stronger field than the one he beat at Otaki. I am very happy with the way he has come through that race and also with his work this week.”
Race 6: Lincoln Sky
“He came through last Saturday’s race really well but I want to see how he does over the rest of the week before committing to a start on Saturday. Madan (Singh) said last week that he felt the horse was looking for a mile as he is so laid back.’’
Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln
“Unfortunately he has drawn wide (18) in the Wellington Cup which means we will probably have to ride him for luck, which is always more difficult in these big races. I am happy with where he is at but we are going to need a magical ride from Sam Collett.’’
Race 10: Father Lenihan
“He galloped well yesterday morning but pulled up sore in his near front. He had a pulse in the foot so we poulticed it for 24 hours and the blacksmith came this morning and said he had a bit of bruising. He was about 95% right today and providing we keep on top of it I am reasonably confident we will get him there on Saturday. If he is not 100% he will be scratched.’’
Race 10: Lincoln Raider
“I’ve engaged Leith Innes to ride him and he has freshened up nicely after his Ellerslie run. After watching that race you can see him bounce off the rail two or three times. I think he is a better horse left alone early and given one clear run at them and that is what we will aim to do on Saturday.’’
News in brief
LOST DREAMS: Dreams Of Platinum has been sold to Australia. The four-year-old mare won one race and placed seven times in 21 starts, earning nearly $35,000.
TOUCH FLAT: Rider Robbie Hannam told stewards he thought Platinum Touch was feeling the effects of her debut run and felt flat after beating only two home at Trentham.