Lincoln Falls shows his style on debut. PHOTO: Race Images.

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.

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“She has drawn perfectly in barrier seven so Robbie (Hannam) should be able to possie up just behind the pace, which is an advantage at Woodville. Her work has been very good since her last run and she should strike the perfect track for her, a dead 5. This is a very even line-up and she should be right in the finish.’’

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