#GoLincolnFury - you can get our hearts racing before the curtain comes down on Winx
Lincoln Fury might have to turn on a Winx-like finish to win the #GoWinx Mile at Hastings but he looks a tempting appetiser for punters just a few minutes before the champion’s swansong in Sydney.
The final race at Hastings is set to jump at 4.55pm, just 10 minutes before the A$4million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, where racing’s sweetheart will command a record crowd in her 43rd and final start.
And while Winx has won her last 32 races on end - her unbeaten streak started nearly four years ago in May, 2015 - and won 36 races in all for earnings of $26 million, Lincoln Farms’ emerging stayer Lincoln Fury will be lining up for only the 11th time with just one win to this name.
But while he will never reach the heights of Winx, trainer Lisa Latta is predicting a nice future for the All Too Hard three-year-old.
Saturday’s run over 1600 metres will be Lincoln Fury’s last before Latta steps him up over ground when she says we can really expect to see him run.
But Lincoln Fury has already hinted at what’s to come with his big finishes, the latest at Awapuni on March 30 one of his best.
Despite his hindquarters being bumped 150 metres out, he motored home for fourth, recording the fastest last 600 in the race of 34.25 to be just a head and a neck from second.
Lincoln Fury also lost a right hind plate 350 metres from home, on top of having to be replated behind the barriers.
“He’s a pretty laid back customer,’’ says Latta.
“But he’s got no early speed and that could be a problem at Hastings. You need to draw well there because they really go hard early and jostle for positions.
“The mile start at Hastings is one of the hardest in the country and he’s drawn trickily in eight.
“We’re going to try to ride him in midfield and if Craig (Grylls) can get him in, he’ll be hard to beat.
“He galloped very well on Wednesday morning and with any luck I expect him to be right in the finish.’’
It’s hard to make a case for any of Lincoln Farms’ other runners this weekend.
At Hastings, Platinum Road won’t be starting in the second race, Latta not happy with his eye, which has been swollen all week with an ulcer.
In her swansong, Miss Oahu meets by far the strongest field she has seen in her modest three-win career - and has to start from the outside 15 gate.
Jumping from winning a rating 65 event into a handicap of open sprinters, the Pins six-year-old looks completely outclassed.
Kamanda Lincoln can’t be completely ruled out in the $75,000 Hawkes Bay Cup because he gets in on the minimum weight of 53kg, but a long tough season looks to have taken its toll on him.
“He was a bit disappointing in the Awapuni Gold Cup but the track was very hard,’’ says Latta.
“I’m hoping they get some rain, but there’s not much in the forecast.’’
Kamanda Lincoln was tailed off last in the Gold Cup and, while he got right up in behind the leaders early in the run home by cutting the corner, he only battled up the straight.
“He’s had some tough racing this season, and a trip down south, and he’ll be going out for a spell after Saturday.’’
Distance will test Rapper
At Riccarton, Platinum Rapper looks to be up against it over 2000 metres in the $50,000 Warstep Stakes.
Latta admits she was disappointed in the filly’s fourth placing in last Saturday’s Airfreight Stakes (1600m) when stablemate Secret Allure gave her windburn when streaking past early in the run home.
“She pulled a bit too hard and there’s a query about her getting the distance now. Chris (Johnson) reckons she might be best at 1400 metres.
“I’m hoping that by going back on Saturday she’ll switch off and we can try for a run through them late.”
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“She has drawn perfectly in barrier seven so Robbie (Hannam) should be able to possie up just behind the pace, which is an advantage at Woodville. Her work has been very good since her last run and she should strike the perfect track for her, a dead 5. This is a very even line-up and she should be right in the finish.’’
News in brief
TOP TIP: Trainer Lisa Latta was right on the money about $35 starter Lincoln Hills who ran a terrific fourth in very strong company at Awapuni. “He would have run even closer had he not pulled himself into the ground,” Latta said. Follow him on April 25.
INVADOR HOME: Platinum Invador is back in the country and will go straight to the spelling paddock after failing in the A$2million Australian Derby. Trainer Lisa Latta says in hindsight the three runs in two weeks he had on his NZ Derby camapign left him a tired horse.