It’s all systems go for Lincoln’s Command after tidy Randwick trial
Lincoln’s Command will open his Australian campaign in a couple of weeks after pleasing trainer John Sargent in a trial at Randwick in Sydney today.
Budding stayer Lincoln’s Command wasn’t asked for much in the 1200 metre open heat and, while he beat only one home in the seven horse field, he was finishing on strongly for jockey Robbie Dolan.
“I just gave him a nice, quiet trial,’’ said Sargent. “I sat him out last and the jockey was very happy with him and said he was doing it easily at the line.’’
Dolan never asked the five-year-old son of Pentire to extend and he closed to within six lengths of Goodfella, a four-race winner with Bjorn Baker and Stampede, who has won seven for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
The winner cut out the trip in 1:17 on the heavy 9 track, with his last 600 metres in 36.7.
“He’s looking great and it’s all systems go. He’s ready to kick off in a couple of weeks over a mile and then we’ll get up further in distance.’’
Sargent said Lincoln’s Command, an impressive first-up winner over 1550 metres at Awapuni, had settled in to his new surroundings beautifully as had Lincoln Sky who will trial at Randwick next Friday.
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Our runners this week
Saturday at Trentham
Platinum Invador, Platinum Dubai, Princess Amelie, Johnny Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer, Platinum Bordeaux.
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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.”