Lincoln Falls back looking a million dollars and set on a million dollar mission
Exciting galloper Lincoln Falls has arrived back in Lisa Latta’s Awapuni stable in great condition for a summer campaign.
“He looks fantastic,’’ says Latta. “There is no doubt the quick break has done him the world of good.’’
Latta elected to spell Lincoln Falls when he started feeling his shins early last month, bypassing a trip to Riccarton for the 2000 Guineas.
The Dundeel colt was the subject of a seven figure offer after his debut win at Woodville in September and only greenness and shin soreness saw him pipped in his second start at Hastings.
Sent for some R and R at part-owner Kevin Pratt’s lavish Kamada Park, on the outskirts of Palmerston North, Lincoln Falls quickly picked up.
“Kamada gave him some light work last week and he has come back a very happy horse.’’
Latta’s first goal with Lincoln Falls this campaign will be the $225,000 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 12.
He will resume in a $30,000 three-year-old 1400 metres at Trentham on December 8.
If all goes to plan he will have one more run before the Classic, most likely at Ellerslie on December 26 when the $60,000 Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m) is run.
Latta says long-term, the aim is the $1 million New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 2.
Our runners this week
Monday at Otaki
Authentic Charm, Lincoln Fury, Ajay Lincoln, Alesha Lincoln, Port Lincoln, Master Lincoln, Lincoln Dreamer.
Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them
Saturday at Trentham
Race 1: Platinum Mam’selle
“There appears to be a lot of speed in the race which will suit her pattern of racing which is to get back and finish over the top of them. She has trained on well after her unlucky run at Stratford and is back against her own age group on Saturday in a small field.’’
Race 2: Miss Oahu
“It was a very average ride at Hastings last time which saw her caught four wide in the running. She has trained on well and has good gate speed so we will look to go forward and hopefully end up right behind the speed. I am expecting another bold run from her.’’
Race 3: Platinum Invador
“He has come up with another good draw in three and gets in with a nice weight of 56.5kg. He is up another rating band, however, and this field is a lot stronger field than the one he beat at Otaki. I am very happy with the way he has come through that race and also with his work this week.”
Race 6: Lincoln Sky
“He came through last Saturday’s race really well but I want to see how he does over the rest of the week before committing to a start on Saturday. Madan (Singh) said last week that he felt the horse was looking for a mile as he is so laid back.’’
Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln
“Unfortunately he has drawn wide (18) in the Wellington Cup which means we will probably have to ride him for luck, which is always more difficult in these big races. I am happy with where he is at but we are going to need a magical ride from Sam Collett.’’
Race 10: Father Lenihan
“He galloped well yesterday morning but pulled up sore in his near front. He had a pulse in the foot so we poulticed it for 24 hours and the blacksmith came this morning and said he had a bit of bruising. He was about 95% right today and providing we keep on top of it I am reasonably confident we will get him there on Saturday. If he is not 100% he will be scratched.’’
Race 10: Lincoln Raider
“I’ve engaged Leith Innes to ride him and he has freshened up nicely after his Ellerslie run. After watching that race you can see him bounce off the rail two or three times. I think he is a better horse left alone early and given one clear run at them and that is what we will aim to do on Saturday.’’
News in brief
LOST DREAMS: Dreams Of Platinum has been sold to Australia. The four-year-old mare won one race and placed seven times in 21 starts, earning nearly $35,000.
TOUCH FLAT: Rider Robbie Hannam told stewards he thought Platinum Touch was feeling the effects of her debut run and felt flat after beating only two home at Trentham.