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Hayden Barnes with Larry Lincoln who has a lethal sprint if saved up. PHOTO: Dan Costello.

Forget that last run, lethal Larry will show his usual dash tomorrow at Albion Park

Put the line through Larry Lincoln’s last start failure and expect him to bounce straight back into form at Albion Park tomorrow, says trainer Al Barnes.

Larry Lincoln tarnished his pick fence winning form line 12 days ago when he raced in midfield, was under pressure a long way from home and tailed the field in.

But Barnes says the horse simply failed to back up from his winning run four days earlier.

“We threw him in the deep end, not knowing if he could back up, and he obviously can’t.

“He got a touch fired up and pulled a bit hard. But Hayden didn’t knock him around. He could tell he wasn’t happy and left him alone.”

Barnes says even though Larry has drawn awkwardly at three on the second row on Friday, he expects him to finish in the money.

“He’ll be right this week and run on as usual. We gave him a little freshen up, of three to four days, and his work has been good since.

“We’re rapt with him and you can’t fault his form before the last run.”

Larry Lincoln showed he possessed a lethal sprint if not asked to go hard early, winning four in a row.

His main opposition on Friday looks to be from the pole in the form of the new Kiwi import Oaxacan Dream, now in the powerful stable of Craig Cross.

Formerly with Brendan Hill, the Big Jim four-year-old was a last-start winner at Addington in September, beating the All Stars’ Beyond Words with a tidy passing lane sprint. She is the winner of three of only seven starts.

Larry Lincoln races at 6.33pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday.Larry Lincoln races at 6.33pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday.

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Ray’s comments

Thursday night at Cambridge

Race 2: Commander Lincoln
6.06pm

“I thought he went quite well last time and he’s a chance of getting some of it. Andrew knows the horse well and, while he’s no champion, he tries hard.”

Race 6: Obadiah Dragon
7.46pm

“I can’t fault how he’s racing and he’s been unlucky several times at Cambridge. Yes, the others are higher graded than him but none of them are stars and most of the time at Cambridge the ones who get the good trips win. From the good draw, absolutely he can win. I wouldn’t like to be laying him.”

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