Jot down Lincoln Court in your little black books - he’s a real Kruz liner
He’s got a name now - and it’s worth highlighting in your little black book.
Racegoers will know him as Lincoln Court.
Around Lisa Latta’s stable they call him plain Kruz.
But whatever you call the Kuroshio two-year-old, he’s sure to make headlines judging by the way he scored at today’s Levin jumpouts.
A $150,000 ready to run buy last November, Lincoln Court had only two rivals in this heat but he treated them with contempt.
First out of the gates, he led the whole way for Robbie Hannam to score by two and a half lengths.
Lincoln Court ran the 850 metres in 48.77, finishing on the outside quarter of the track, which was made heavy by a lot of overnight rain.
The time was easily the fastest of eight heats run at 850 metres, including those for two-year-olds, three-year-olds, maidens and open horses.
Hannam said the gelding won very well and even seemed to be waiting for the other horses.
The win followed Lincoln Court’s first jumpout on February 20 when he finished a comfortable second over 650 metres, again doing everything right.
Latta says she will see how he comes the gallop before deciding on his next outing which could be in a trial at Foxton on March 26.
Lincoln Court, who will be raced by Lincoln Farms’ John and Lynne Street, Ian Middleton and Jeff and Vicky Roach, is bred to show up at two.
Kuroshio, a son of Exceed And Excel, had blistering early two-year-old speed and made a big impression with his first European crop, the eldest of which are three.
He is out of Myskina, who is a half sister to the speedy Miss Kournikova, who numbered among her five wins the Group I Oakleigh Plate.
Robbie goes to Town
Lincoln Farms also had success in the three-year-old heat over 1000 metres with Lincoln Town who was too good for five rivals including Lincoln stablemates Lincoln Lane (third) and Lincoln Green (fourth).
Lincoln Town, also ridden by Hannam, jumped to the lead, trailed across the top, and kept up a strong gallop.
“Robbie said he too was waiting for the other horses but he won well,’’ says Latta.
“It was good to see him show something and he is obviously looking for off tracks.’’
Lincoln Town had been unplaced in three earlier trials last year.
His time today of 58.77 was excellent given they raced very wide on the track and only one of the other six heat winners went faster, Star Quality clocking 58.62 in an open heat. Talented four-race winner Rayas ran 59.91 in her heat.
Lincoln Lane, ridden by Zinjete Moki, settled right behind the pace in fourth and he stuck on well up the straight for third.
“We will look to find a race for him at the end of the month.’’
Latta says Lincoln Green (Tim Johnson) will need another jumpout and will head back to Levin on April 3.
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Sunday at Tauherenikau
Race 1: Lincoln Hanover
“He’s done very well since his first-up run at Awapuni and continues to please me. He has come up with the outside gate which isn’t ideal but he has the speed to get across them. The step-up in distance will help and, while the top two horses look hard to beat, he is capable of taking this out.’’
Race 6: Platinum Rapper
“She has trained on well since her first-up win. Tauherenikau is a track that does not get overly hard, which we are looking for. This race will tidy her up to head south. There are some handy types in it and she is up a rating band but I am happy with her progress and expect another good run.’’
News in brief
AUTUMN PREP: Trainer Lisa Latta may consider an autumn campaign with Lincoln Falls if he comes through his gelding operation well, kicking off with the Group III Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on April 27. The horse, who did not see out the derby trip last Saturday, went out to the paddock today for a freshen-up before visiting the vet.
RETIRED: Bush Whacked has been retired. Despite showing promise at trials the Sepoy three-year-old showed in three starts for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh that he simply didn’t want to be a racehorse.
TOUCH FLAT: Rider Robbie Hannam told stewards he thought Platinum Touch was feeling the effects of her debut run and felt flat after beating only two home at Trentham.
LOST DREAMS: Dreams Of Platinum has been sold to Australia. The four-year-old mare won one race and placed seven times in 21 starts, earning nearly $35,000.