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.

Our runners this week

Saturday at Trentham

Platinum Invador, Platinum Dubai, Princess Amelie, Johnny Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer, Platinum Bordeaux.

Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Thursday at Woodville

Race 2: Ajay Lincoln

“He has a wide draw but will come in a lot when the ballots come out. The track looks like it will be more suitable, in the dead range. It will be good to get this race into him and then step him up to a middle distance as Robbie has always felt he would be better over a longer distance. I am expecting a far better run on an improved track.”

Race 3: Lincoln Star

“He has trained on well since his good run at Hastings. The outside draw doesn’t help but we will be positive, go forward, and try to get some cover. He has continued to work well and, with luck, he should be in the finish.”