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Lincoln La Moose, the biggest surprise of all, powers away with the last race at Cambridge. PHOTO: Angelique Bridson.

Lenny, Leo and La Moose surprise Ray and make it a big night for Lincoln Farms

It was a night to remember for Lincoln Farms but the winning treble at Cambridge left trainer Ray Green more than a little surprised.

With runners in four races, the lincoln green silks came up trumps with wins by Lenny Lincoln, Leo Lincoln and Lincoln La Moose, only Commander Lincoln coming up a head short on making it four out of four in the opening race for amateurs.

But it wasn’t a result Green had expected when he crawled his way through the Waikato road works earlier in the afternoon.

“People asked me who I liked best and I told them they all had a chance but I wouldn’t be holding my breath and none of my money would be going on them.

“You’ve got to have nights like this every now and then. It keeps everyone enthused, the staff working harder and the owners happy.”

It’s the third time in the last couple of seasons Green has achieved the feat for Lincoln Farms’ owners John and Lynne Street and their partners, the last time on Grins night at Cambridge last April.

Lenny Lincoln has Sheza Mermaid covered at the finish. PHOTO: Angelique Bridson.Lenny Lincoln has Sheza Mermaid covered at the finish. PHOTO: Angelique Bridson.Lenny Lincoln showed the benefit of two runs back this prep, a drop in grade from Auckland and the ace draw when he led all the way for Zachary Butcher in the fourth race, stalling the brave parked runner Sheza Mermaid by three-quarters of a length.

“He ran a sedate 2:45.3 but he did only what he had to,” Green said. “He had them all off the bridle on the turn and won as he liked.”

Leo Lincoln super impressive in 2:40 flat after sitting parked for the last lap. PHOTO: Angelique Bridson.Leo Lincoln super impressive in 2:40 flat after sitting parked for the last lap. PHOTO: Angelique Bridson.Leo Lincoln, on the other hand, had to do plenty of work in his win, driver Andre Poutama whipping round the field to sit parked 900 metres from home.

“I thought Andre was driving Leo a bit tough but he said afterwards that he wouldn’t get up on the bit when he was in behind. But as soon as he showed him some daylight he was straight onto the bridle.”

The courage the Art Major three-year-old showed to stave off the late run of Pandora by one and a quarter lengths, clocking a very slick 2:40 flat, left Green mulling Sires’ Stakes options in the future.

“He did it tough tonight and we’ll certainly look at better races for him now. We’ll see what happens on Friday night in the Derby (at Auckand) and see how many figure in the finish. Leo might slot into the void.

“I’ve always liked him. I tossed up which one of the two Art Majors to take a share in, him or Lincoln La Moose. Leo was a lot more forward and stronger at the time so I went for him but they’ve both turned out all right.”

Lincoln La Moose could not have been more impressive in his last race win, running away from T Bone Walker to score by three and three-quarter lengths in 2:42.6.

“I thought he was a chance but I didn’t think a horse having his first start could win like that.”

Lincoln La Moose, for so long too delicate to push, looked to be in big trouble when he galloped round the first turn, going back to share the rear before Poutama was forced to let him run at the 1600 because “he was over-racing like a loose cannon.”

Despite having to sit parked, Lincoln La Moose cleared out in the run home and left them to it, running right to the line.

Lincoln Cove gallops and runs wide on the home turn.Lincoln Cove gallops and runs wide on the home turn.His much better backed stablemate, Lincoln Cove, who enjoyed the one-one for most of the way, was again disappointing, punters who plunged on him on debut burned for a second time at $1.60.

Green was right to be “guarded” about the horse’s chances in his pre-race comments, concerned about his weekend gallop at the trials.

While it looked like Lincoln Cove was going to be right in the fight when he improved turning in, the horse flew into a gallop in almost the same spot as last week, despite wearing a single spreader.

“He was apparently hitting his knee all the way. Zac said he was nursing him round the corner and he galloped for no reason.”

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Ray’s comments

Thursday night at Cambridge

Race 1: Major Achievement
5.19pm

“It’s his first race for a while and he hasn’t been setting the world on fire at the workouts. But he’s been racing better animals and this isn’t a stellar bunch. He’s a chance if things go his way. I’ve given Mathew Salaivao the drive.”

Race 1: Commander Lincoln
5.19pm

“He’s an average horse but the last time he raced here in amateur company he all but won. He’ll need luck from the second row but, while I couldn’t label him, he’s a runner’s chance.”

Race 5: Onyx Shard
6.59pm

“She got a bit sick for a while with a virus and I had to back off her. She seems over that now but I’m picking she’ll need a race. This will be like a glorified trial for her.”

Race 8: My Copy
8.14pm

“He came to the end of it so I gave him a little freshen-up and he seems in good shape again. It will be interesting to see how he goes fresh - he may need a race but he’ll appreciate the step-down in class. I’m running him here so he doesn’t come up against any bear cats first-up.”

Race 9: Lincoln Cove
8.47pm

“Hopefully he’s getting better but you’ve just got to take him on trust. He has ability but the desire has been sadly lacking. Zac will have to sit quietly on him as he broke when given only one tap with the stick last time. The small field will suit him as he won’t be too far off them. If he doesn’t make any mistakes, he’ll give them a fright.”

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 3: Leo Lincoln
6.43pm

“Maurice said he would have finished a lot closer last time than sixth (fourth or even third) had he not locked wheels at the 100. That took all his momentum away. He’s been holding his form well and he gets out well enough to use the inside draw. He’s a chance to get some of the money.”

Race 5: Sugar Ray Lincoln
7.39pm

“He did have marks on his boot after his last run and trying a spreader on him has helped. But he’s a real baby. He has real ability but he’s still developing mentally and physically and we’re still finding our way with him.”

Race 5: Lincoln Lou
7.39pm

“He’s racing well but he’ll find it tough from the outside draw.”

Race 6: Debbie Lincoln
8.07pm

“I can’t see her improving enough to give the Purdon/Phelan trio a fright. She can go (fast) enough but still has a lot to learn. The main thing for her is getting round safely. She’s put two in a row now so hopefully she’ll start improving.”

Race 10: Lincoln La Moose
9.59pm

“He had an excuse last time - he got wiped out on the first corner and that was the end of his race. I like him, he’s a nice horse, just not quite as experienced as Frisco Bay.”

Race 10: Frisco Bay
9.59pm

“I lean towards Frisky as the better chance of our two. You can’t fault what he did the other night at Cambridge, and he seems to be on the improve. He’s more reliable than Lincoln La Moose.”

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