Northview Hustler is holding his rivals easily after an all-the-way domination last week. PHOTO: Dan Costello.

Larry and Hustler a racy combo for Saturday night - but they need Lady Luck

Northview Hustler and Larry Lincoln are both good top three chances at Albion Park on Saturday night - all they need is a little luck in the running.

Northview Hustler backs up from his dominant all the-way win last Saturday night but, drawn one from the outside this week, is no certain leader.

And trainer Al Barnes says it will be up to his driver son Hayden to make the call on whether to blast from the gate or go back and come with one run.

“Hayden will see how he feels in the warm up and make up his mind. He hasn’t been great this week and I’m getting his fetlocks injected on Monday but he’s still capable of crossing them from out there.

“Secretagent Tycoon is the only one who could trouble him early but we ping the first 100 while he winds up.”

Barnes says even if the Hustler ends up going back he’s still a winning chance coming with one late run.

“There’ll be a bit of pressure on mid-race this week. Rock With Sam and Secretagent Tycoon will want to be forward and a bit of pressure suits us.”

Larry Lincoln is looking a treat.Larry Lincoln is looking a treat.Larry flying

A quicker tempo is also the key to Larry Lincoln’s chances in the third race earlier in the night when he returns to his more favoured 1660 metres.

“It’s a slightly better field this week but that means they will go harder which is an advantage for him. He can come off a hot speed and that’s why he’ll be a better horse when he gets up in grade.”

Barnes was again delighted with the way Larry Lincoln finished last week over the longer trip of 2138 metres.

“He’s flying, busting to win a race and I reckon this is his chance.”

Larry Lincoln’s effort for fourth last Saturday night was huge. After going forward from four and being denied the chair, Hayden had to drag the horse all the way back to last.

The official times saw Larry clock the fastest last 800 and 400 in the race, making up 19.3 metres on the leaders in the last 800 metres.

His last 400 of 28.53 was quicker than the winner One Off and was recorded three, four and eventually five wide round the home turn.

“From five on Saturday Hayden can go back and find a position and let him run on.

“I had the chiropractor there at 5.30am this morning going over him and he said he looks a treat.

“Fingers crossed they can both run top three with a bit of luck in the running.”

Larry Lincoln made up 19.3 metres over the last 800 metres last week.Larry Lincoln made up 19.3 metres over the last 800 metres last week.

Larry Lincoln races at 9.18pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.Larry Lincoln races at 9.18pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.Northview Hustler races at 10.53pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.Northview Hustler races at 10.53pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 1: Obadiah Dragon

“He’s the lowest rated in the field, so it will be tough for him, but he’s racing really well. He just doesn’t need any bad luck.”

Race 4: Lincoln La Moose

“You won’t see the best of him on Friday. It’s his first race since April and he’ll definitely need the run.”

Race 6: My Copy

“He’s no champion but he’s very honest and is always capable of finishing in the money. He only needs a fair crack at them.”

Race 7: Tyson

“You can forget about that debut run, it was a non-event for him the way the race panned out. He got way too far back and would need to have clocked ridiculous times to get into it. He has speed and feels like a nice horse but he’s very inexperienced. I wouldn’t expect him to round the others up but he won’t be disgraced.”

Race 7: Lincoln Lou

Update: Scratched on vet’s advice

“He’s a very nice colt. He’s a lot stronger this time in and he could develop into a serious horse. If he repeats his last run, he’ll be hard to beat. I think he might have the wood on Sugar Ray. He has better manners and probably a bit more speed too.”

Race 7: Sugar Ray Lincoln

“He won comfortably last time despite being three wide for much of the last lap and four wide turning for home. He’s a very good colt. There’s not much between him and Lincoln Lou.”

Race 9: Commander Lincoln

“He’s as honest as they come, he’d die for you, but he lacks a yard of sharp speed to be a serious horse. He has a draw upgrade and drops in class but things have to pan out for him.”

Mark Dux

Mark Dux’s comments

Friday night at Albion Park

Race 8: Captain Nemo
6.33pm NZ time

“It’s not an easy race and, from an average draw, we’ll drive him quietly again so he’ll be at the mercy of the tempo. If he gets the right trip, I could see him hitting the line well and sneaking into the money but after this run to tighten him up he’ll be all set to go, close to winning.”

Les Harding

Les Harding

Saturday night at Port Pirie

Race 5: Beaudiene Rocknroll
10.02pm NZ time

“I’m very happy with him and confident he’ll run a top race but it’s hard to predict how he’ll measure up given this is a big step-up in class compared with the horses he has raced against for his last two wins.”

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