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Lincoln Falls, inner, is just grabbed by Langkawi at Hastings last Saturday. PHOTO: Trish Dunell.

Green Lincoln Falls out for a breather

Trainer Lisa Latta is taking no risks with talented galloper Lincoln Falls who will be spelled for a month after greenness cost him a win at Hastings.

Latta says she wasn’t in the least disappointed in Lincoln Falls’ run given he got to the front too soon in the stretch then all but pulled himself up on sighting a large television screen on the infield.

Collared a head by Langkawi, rider Johnathan Parkes reported it was simply inexperience that beat Lincoln Falls.

“We knew it was a big step-up from a midweek maiden at Woodville and I know he’s feeling his shins so we’ll put him out for a month now,” says Latta.

“I don’t want to press on to the 2000 Guineas and get a concrete track. Riccarton can be very unforgiving at that time of year.’’

Latta says she doesn’t want to undo the horse now and end up missing Group I races he can win.

“We’ll aim him now for the Levin Classic at Trentham on January 12 and then target the New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie in March.

“It’s a good time of year for him to spell and he’ll only improve.’’

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s tips

Thursday at Woodville

Race 3: Lincoln’s Gal

“She has a nice barrier to use and has improved since placing in her trial at Foxton. She galloped nicely on Tuesday morning and from the draw I expect her to be right in the finish.”

Sunday at Otaki

Race 1: Dreams Of Platinum

“She does go well fresh and she’ll jump and put herself right there. But her coat’s not quite there yet and she will improve with the run.’’

Race 3: Lincoln Melody

“I’ll be happy to just see her working home strongly. It’s a good race for her to start in, against her own sex, and she’ll have a soft run with Tim (Johnson) claiming 2kg.’’

Race 7: Master Lincoln

“It’s well short of his best and I just want to see him getting home. He has a fair amount of staying ability.’’

Lincoln light

News in brief

ALMO OUT FOR SPELL: Almo Street’s much awaited racetrack return, with the aid of a blindfold to help him jump out of the gates, has been put on hold. Trainer Lisa Latta says the normally good trackworker has been decidedly average in his last two gallops and, after nearly a year in work sorting out his problems, is simply over the top.

FATHER BOLD: Father Lenihan ran a bold race fresh-up at Hawera, box-seating behind the leaders and sticking to his guns in the run home to finish just two lengths from the winner Empress Tzu Hsi in fifth spot. He was heavily backed down to second favouritism at the jump.

RAIDER ROUGHED UP: Lincoln Raider’s fresh-up run for fourth at Hastings was full of merit. He finished only 1.3 lengths from the winner at a distance well short of his best despite being crowded leaving the barriers and hampered passing the 400 metres.

AJAY ON HOLD: Ajay Lincoln’s debut has been delayed, trainer Lisa Latta scratching him from Waverley to allow him to get over a stone bruise. The promising colt had galloped in great style with Lincoln Falls and looks to have a nice future.