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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Thursday at Hastings
Race 6: Lincoln Town
“He’s drawn the outside but with the rail out 10 metres they’re only starting twelve horses and he has the gate speed to go forward so this will negate the draw. He worked nicely this morning and has continued to hold his condition well. I expect him to be right in the finish.”
Race 8: Ajay Lincoln
“He has a nice draw and the step-up to 1650 metres will suit. The track has come up a slow 8 and hopefully it will stay in that range as he will appreciate that better than the heavy ground he struck at Awapuni. He is finally starting to do things right and seems a lot more switched on. I’m expecting a better run from him.”
Saturday at New Plymouth
Race 1: Manhattan Street
“There’s a lot of rain in the forecast so the track should be very wet and loose track which is what he wants. We’re trying to get some miles into him so we can eventually run him in a hurdle. There are a couple of smart types in the race in My Gift and Obsessive but I’m expecting a better run from him.”
Race 6: Platinum Rapper
“She needed the run at Awapuni last time and her work has been very good since. We decided on going for the cup as she gets in on the minimum and it’s another chance to get black type with her. When she met Rosewood at weight-for-age at Wanganui there was a 1.5kg difference but she gets 5.5kg this time. We know from the Wanganui run that she is up to this company and, while this field is slightly stronger, I feel she can be right in the finish. The track conditions will suit her.”