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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.

Our runners this week

Tuesday at Waipa

Bush Whacked (not starting).

Friday at New Plymouth

Saturday at Awapuni

Sunday at Te Rapa

Bush Whacked.

Lincoln light

News in brief

FALLS TO TRIAL: Exciting three-year-old Lincoln Falls will trial at Awapuni next Tuesday in preparation to resume racing at Trentham on December 8. Trainer Lisa Latta says she is very happy with the horse’s progress and he is much more relaxed around the stables this time in.

DERBY DREAM: Trainer Lisa Latta has nominated six Lincoln Farms’ three-year-olds for the $1 million New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on March 2 - Lincoln Falls, Lincoln Lane, Ajay Lincoln, Lincoln Fury, Lincoln Hanover and Platinum Invador. Latta has also entered 2000 Guineas placegetter Sir Nate.

ANOTHER HIT: Trainer Stephen Marsh is having no luck with Bush Whacked. Marsh will scratch the horse from Waipa on Tuesday, after he drew very wide, and save him for Te Rapa on Sunday. The horse had to be late scratched from New Plymouth earlier this month after hitting himself in the float.

GAL HAD NO FAVOURS: Lincoln’s Gal ran only eighth at Otaki but had no favours. She began awkwardly, settling back, then raced in restricted room passing the 100 metres when runners either side shifted ground.

VOLOS BLOWS IT AGAIN: Platinum Volos did another Chautauqua impersonation when he refused to come out of the gates at Awapuni despite wearing pacifiers and a barrier blanket. The grey will now have to trial on multiple occasions before being allowed to race again.

ALMO OUT FOR SPELL: Almo Street’s much awaited racetrack return, with the aid of a blindfold to help him jump out of the gates, has been put on hold. Trainer Lisa Latta says the normally good trackworker has been decidedly average in his last two gallops and, after nearly a year in work sorting out his problems, is simply over the top.