From Line Up to Make Way, Ants loves his front-running wins on Lincoln Farms’ stars

Fresh from winning the Victoria Derby with Line Up, top horseman Anthony Butt and his partner Sonya Smith will venture to Penrith on Thursday night with another star Lincoln Farms’ graduate Make Way - and the result should be another all-the-way win.

Make Way has had an easy time since his last-start run at Menangle when he raced against vastly superior company, finishing fourth behind Ignatius and King Of Swing in a 2300 metre sizzler run in a 1:54.6 mile rate.

There were no signs of little Make Way flagging as he powered home from three back on the markers in a 53.9 last half and 27.1 quarter.

Trainer Sonya Smith and partner Anthony Butt have won four races and nearly A$36,000 with Make Way already this season from only eight starts.Trainer Sonya Smith and partner Anthony Butt have won four races and nearly A$36,000 with Make Way already this season from only eight starts.“We were rapt with the run, at a really tough level, and Thursday’s race is a big drop in class for him.”

A rating 90 horse in an up-to-rating 90 race, Butt says he will go forward on Make Way from his five draw and try to lead.

“But if he has to sit outside them, it wouldn’t worry him as he relaxes so well out there. He’s so adaptable and loves little tracks like Penrith.”

Make Way has already won three times at Penrith for Smith and Butt says it’s great how the Australian system allows horses like him to still race at the smaller meetings.

“It means we don’t have to go to Menangle and run very fast times every start.”

Butt was glad he opted not to risk taking Make Way to Melton for the Four-Year-Old Bonanza where winner Lochinvar Art beat Self Assured in a blazing mile of 1:48.6.

Instead Make Way will have a much easier confidence booster as he prepares for the first heat of the Chariots Of Fire on Saturday week.

“He’s not 100 percent but hopefully he doesn’t need to be. He will be very hard to beat. It should be like a trial for him.”

Line Up all the way in the Victoria Derby.Line Up all the way in the Victoria Derby.Kudos to Green with Line Up

Butt deflected the kudos from his Victoria Derby win with Line Up to Lincoln Farms’ Pukekohe trainer Ray Green.

“Ray did all the work on the horse. He sent him over in fantastic condition and made it so easy for us.

“We didn’t have to do much with him, just kept him ticking over, so it’s a big thank you from us to Ray.”

Butt says he made a couple of small changes to Line Up’s gear to ensure he didn’t gallop under restraint but they were never put to the test as Line Up paced along sweetly in front, just as in his derby heat win a week earlier.

“He loves it in front. He gets into a rhythm and relaxes and has a very high cruising speed.

“It’s hard to lead and win a derby but he did it easily.”

Line Up paced 3:17.5 for the 2760 metres, a mile rate of 1:55.2, a full second faster than in his heat.

Butt says he was thrilled to also produce the derby third placegetter for Line Up’s owner Emilio Rosati, Perfect Stride another who was educated and trained by Green at Lincoln Farms until late August.

Make Way races at 9.36pm NZ time at Penrith on Thursday night.Make Way races at 9.36pm NZ time at Penrith on Thursday night.

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Ray’s comments

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Race 2: Frisco Bay

“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”

Race 2: Lenny Lincoln

“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”

Race 3: Obadiah Dragon

“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”

Race 3: Leo Lincoln

“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”

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