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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Wednesday at Hastings
Race 5 & 7: Platinum Appeal
“She hasn’t been 100% in her action in the last three or four days and we have some foot issues to sort out. She won’t be running. We’ll wait for Palmy next week.’’
Race 6: Authentic Charm
“I have chosen to back her up as this will be one of the last good tracks we will get - it’s a dead 4 today. We’ve got the in-form Zinjete Moki who claims 2kg down to 54.5kg. She meets a small line-up and this looks like a nice race for her in her last run for the season.’’
Race 8: Lincoln’s Gal
“She has come through her last start at Woodville very well. She beat herself that day when she missed the kick and ran home very well. With the rating 65 having being split, it means she meets a small but even field. From the good draw Jonathan Riddell should be able to possie up and be right in the finish.’’
Saturday at Trentham
Race 7: Platinum Rapper
“She galloped really well on Thursday and has progressed very well since her last run. The big, roomy track suits her and the conditions won’t worry her so I’m confident she’s a big chance.”
Race 8: Lincoln Fury
“I don’t want the track too heavy for him. I’ll wait until race morning to see how it is and what’s scratched but we may wait for Wanganui next Saturday. His work has been good but he just may be coming to the end of his preparation.’’
News in brief
GREEN FIBRILLATES: Lincoln Green had an atrial fibrillation at Otaki on Thursday and will need a vet clearance before racing again. The horse raced keenly early but gave ground quickly near the 600 metre mark and rider Robbie Hannam did not persevere with him in the run home when he suspected there was something amiss.