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.”
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.”
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Race 2: Frisco Bay
“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”
Race 2: Lenny Lincoln
“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”
Race 3: Obadiah Dragon
“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”
Race 3: Leo Lincoln
“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”