Kamanda Lincoln, left, shows his staying qualities to win over 2500 metres again at Riccarton. Alongside is third-placed Abacus. PHOTO: AJ Berry/Race Images

Kamanda Lincoln to chase start in Wellington Cup after courageous staying win at Riccarton

Kamanda Lincoln was today nominated for the Wellington Cup, his courageous staying effort at Riccarton last Saturday ample evidence he should stay the 3200 metres.

The $250,000 Trentham feature on January 19 is one of two options trainer Lisa Latta has for the tough five-year-old who is already among the entries for the $500,000 Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on March 9.

Kamanda Lincoln will need to continue to lift his rating points to secure a berth, but the seven points he earned by winning at Riccarton will be a big help.

When Kamanda Lincoln tackled the Cashmere Estate over 2500 metres last Saturday he was the lowest rated horse, on 63 points, in a rating 82 event. But it made no difference as he comprehensively outstayed Taxihome, Abacus and Yamato Nadeshiko.

In a dour battle over the last 250 metres, when the four horses were lined across the track, it was Kamanda Lincoln who came out on top, top jockey Sam Collett driving him to the line to score by half a length.

Kamanda Lincoln is too strong for Taxihome, inner, and Abacus at Riccarton on Saturday. PHOTO: AJ Berry/Race Images.Kamanda Lincoln is too strong for Taxihome, inner, and Abacus at Riccarton on Saturday. PHOTO: AJ Berry/Race Images.“It was a good effort,’’ says Latta. “I was bit worried about backing him up that quickly, and he had lightened up a bit from the Wednesday run, but he was still too good for them.

“He’s a very tough horse who should be really suited by 3200 metres.’’

By champion staying sire Savabeel, Kamanda Lincoln has the pedigree to stay. Bred by Rosemont Stud, near Geelong in Victoria, he is out of the imported Sadler’s Wells mare Our Careyes, who is a three-quarter sister to top sire High Chaparral.

She has left staying winners all over the world - in England, Ireland, the United States, Morocco and Peru, but sadly died just six months after Lincoln Farms bought Kamanda Lincoln for $150,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock premier sale at Karaka in January, 2015.

Latta has always rated Kamanda Lincoln a topline stayer in the making and he gave a hint of what was to come in his final run last campaign when fourth in the St Leger (2500m) at Trentham in March.

Ahead of him that day were last Saturday’s New Zealand Cup winner Bizzwinkle and third-placegetter Felaar.

Latta proved to be right on the money with her pre-race explanation about how Kamanda Lincoln’s lead-up form was better than it read on paper and how he would show dramatic improvement from a good barrier draw.

From the two gate in the eight horse field he jumped straight on to the front end, Collett settling him nice and handy in third spot.

“He did over-race a bit early but once he got cover, he came back to her,’’ says Latta.

And this time, instead of being a world away from the leaders, when he mounted his run he was right there on the turn, and never flinched up the straight.

Latta plans to give Kamanda Lincoln 10 days out in the paddock now to recover from the trip before setting him on his cup path.

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Stephen Marsh

Stephen’s comments

Wednesday at Matamata

Race 5: Bush Whacked

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Thursday at Otaki

Race 2, 4: Lincoln Sky

“I’ve put him in two races, one over 1200 metres and the other 1400 metres and will wait to see what the weather does before deciding which race to run in. If the rain arrives we will line him up in the 1200. He ran a good race when resuming at Wanganui and I have been happy with his progress since.’’

Race 6: Platinum Invador

“Unfortunately he has come up with an outside draw again. He ran a big race at Trentham from a wide gate in a far stronger field. A lot of rain is forecast on Wednesday night though so the bad draw may be negated come race time. He galloped very well this morning and I expect him to be right in it.’’

Race 8: Alesha Lincoln

“Her recent work has been good enough and we have a nice draw to use. Being by Alamosa, it suggests any rain will not worry her. I am looking forward to her debut.’’

Saturday at Awapuni

Race 1: Miss Oahu

“I’ve chosen to start her up a rating band to get some weight relief and she gets in with only 54.5kg. She has really improved since her first-up run and her coat looks far better now. I expect a bold run from her, especially with the one draw to use.’’

Race 2: Platinum Touch

“She’s come up with the outside draw so if it doesn’t rain I will probably scratch her and go to New Plymouth on December 27. Her work has been good and I am happy with her heading into her debut.”

Race 5: Johnny Lincoln

“He’s drawn one from the outside but if he can get any luck in the running he’ll be very hard to beat. I am very happy with him and he has trained on well.’’

Race 8: Father Lenihan

“He’s had no luck with barrier draws and the trend continues on Saturday where he has drawn the outside. He has good gate speed however so we will look to go forward. The forecasted rain will help him and hopefully the track ends up in the dead range. He has continued to please me since his last run at Trentham.’’

Lincoln light

News in brief

Platinum Mam’selle, arrowed, flew late to be beaten a head and long neck.

Platinum Mam’selle, arrowed, flew late to be beaten a head and long neck.

MAM’SELLE MASSIVE: Platinum Mam’selle clocked 34.59, easily the fastest last 600 metres in her race at Awapuni on Saturday when she flew from last at the 200 metre mark to get up for third, just a head and a long neck from winner All In Mana. Those who followed trainer Lisa Latta’s advice collected a $4.50 place dividend.

INVADOR UNLUCKY: Platinum Invador ($52) ran only ninth at Trentham but was dead unlucky. He settled at the rear after jumping awkwardly then was held up entering the home straight and did not get clear until 100 metres out when he rocketed home to be just 2.6 lengths from the winner.

PORT’S FORGIVE RUN: Port Lincoln did well to finish less than three lengths from the winner at Waipukurau. He was held up for a distance near the 500 metres then ran up onto heels passing the 300 metres, having to be angled outwards to get clear.

BUSH BAFFLER: Trainer Stephen Marsh will be trying a few different training tactics with Bush Whacked, including some jumping, to try to switch the horse on. He travelled strongly on the pace until the turn at Avondale but quickly raised the white flag.

DERBY DREAM: Trainer Lisa Latta has nominated six Lincoln Farms’ three-year-olds for the $1 million New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on March 2 - Lincoln Falls, Lincoln Lane, Ajay Lincoln, Lincoln Fury, Lincoln Hanover and Platinum Invador. Latta has also entered 2000 Guineas placegetter Sir Nate.

VOLOS BLOWS IT AGAIN: Platinum Volos did another Chautauqua impersonation when he refused to come out of the gates at Awapuni despite wearing pacifiers and a barrier blanket. The grey will now have to trial on multiple occasions before being allowed to race again.

ALMO OUT FOR SPELL: Almo Street’s much awaited racetrack return, with the aid of a blindfold to help him jump out of the gates, has been put on hold. Trainer Lisa Latta says the normally good trackworker has been decidedly average in his last two gallops and, after nearly a year in work sorting out his problems, is simply over the top.