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He’s all clapped out after a big day but Nigel gives Lincoln Thunder the big tick

When you’re just a youngster learning the ropes, a day at the races can take it out of you.

Lincoln Thunder was certainly looking tired when trainer Nigel Tiley’s daughter Kate captured him on film this morning having a kip.

It was hardly surprising, given the three-year-old had a long float trip from Pukekohe to Ruakaka yesterday, a race debut, and an even longer ride back.

Lincoln Thunder was caught up in the traffic delays after a tree fell and blocked the road north of Warkworth.Lincoln Thunder was caught up in the traffic delays after a tree fell and blocked the road north of Warkworth.“He is a bit tired today but he had quite a long day out,” said Nigel Tiley. “A tree came down on the Dome Valley Rd (north of Warkworth) and they were stuck in traffic for a good hour and a half.”

Thunder might not have won yesterday but Tiley was very happy with his run for sixth, only five lengths from winner Ferindi.

“He took a step back when the gates opened and had to do a fair bit of work early and mid-race but he didn’t give it away.

“Vinnie (Colgan) was very impressed with him. He said he was a lovely horse who will definitely benefit from the run.

“I liked the way he pulled up. He was very, very well behaved at the races and took it all in his stride.

“He looks like he’s going to want to get over 1600 metres, and maybe beyond, with is not a bad thing for a three-year-old - that’s where all the best racing is.”

Tiley says he’ll take things easy with Thunder for the next few days then press on.

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Trentham

Race 3: Lincoln Raider

“He has come through his last run at Awapuni well and meets a handy line up with Sinarahma, who beat us last time, the danger. While the inside is not an ideal draw for him we have one of the best aboard in Opie Bosson and I’m sure he’ll find a path through them. This race looks well within his capabilities and he will enjoy being back on the roomy track where he has won three of his four races.”

Race 6: Platinum Road

“He won his first race here in December and ran a top third at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. He has pleased me with how he has come through the trip away and I’m very happy with him. He gets in on the minimum weight of 54kg and meets a field of older horses that has some form in it. But this race fits in well with his derby programme and I’m expecting another top run from him.”

Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln

“I’ve changed his gear and gone back to the ring bit. I’ll be instructing Darryl (Bradley) to try to get handier to them as he’s been giving the opposition too big a start. Over 3200 metres there’s no reason why he can’t be closer. He ran ninth in the cup last year after starting from barrier 17 so I think the better draw is the key to his chances. He gets in on the minimum of 53kg.”

Race 9: Johnny Lincoln

“He’s been running very honest races and keeps grinding away so I feel the distance will suit him. He has continued to please me in training and, while I would have preferred a better draw, we will look to roll forward with him and hopefully Robbie (Hannam) can get a nice spot. These races are won by horses who can run out the 3200 metres strongly and I am really looking forward to seeing how he performs.”

Race 10: Lincoln Star

“I have brought him back in distance after his last run over a middle distance on Boxing Day. He has drawn well and should be able to get a nice, economical trip in midfield. The big track will suit him and has run some very good races over 1600 metres so, if he can reproduce his best form, he is capable of being right in the finish. His recent work has been good.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Monday at Otaki

Race 3: Lincoln Town

“He was disappointing in his jumpout when ridden in behind. His trackwork since has been only fair but he is an average track worker anyway who only does as much as he has to. All his form has been on rain-affected tracks so we will see on Monday whether he can go on top of the ground.”

Race 5: Benny Lincoln

“He ran a cracking race last time at Otaki and will appreciate the step-up to 1600 metres. He will also be against his own age group here. His work has been good and this looks a very winnable race for him.”

Race 6: Lincoln Lane

“He’s first-up after a long break but has improved a lot since his jumpout and has a good draw to use. I will be happy to just see him doing his best work at the finish.”

Race 7: Master Lincoln

“He ran a very good fourth when resuming and has trained on very well since. He has an awkward gate to overcome but it’s only a moderate field. Any give in the track will help his chances as his best form appears to be on dead surfaces.”