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Lincoln Farms’ babies show up parade rivals - Ray gives us sneak preview of three of his best

It will be another six weeks before Ray Green knows whether he has an exceptional team of two-year-olds.

But we saw enough at the annual Franklin Park parade to suggest Lincoln Farms could be in for a big season.

Green produced three babies for the Saturday parade, Bondi Shake and Jeff Beck judged the two best in the colts’ section and Spice It Up getting the silver in the fillies’ awards.

But the trio are just the advance guard in what is shaping up as a serious platoon of two-year-olds, Green and his team having broken in 20 yearlings this year.

“It’s too early to say if we have any superstars but it’s certainly the most expensive crop,” said Green.

With John Street having bought a dozen yearlings and another four owned by Australian Emilio Rosati, the ticket prices for those 16 amount to $1,197,000.

And while Green says that doesn’t guarantee automatic success, he’s working with some beautiful animals.

“We have some really nice types and while I’m pretty optimistic but I couldn’t say yet whether they’re better than last year’s bunch, although they’re easily on a par.

Spice It Up … easily the best filly at this stage.Spice It Up … easily the best filly at this stage.“We haven’t asked any of them for any high speed yet. They go out jogging with the older horses in the mornings to expose them to that environment and they’re doing that really well.

“Some are bowling along a bit more quickly but we haven’t put a clock on anything, we’re just schooling them at half to three-quarter pace.”

Green, however, has seen enough to know that at least 11 of them are strong enough and well enough gaited to be serious two-year-old contenders.

“At this stage I’d say I have two fillies who could be Young Guns contenders.

Spice It Up (Captaintreacherous - Soul Sister) is a powerful filly. She’s popped right up in the bum and is going to be a big animal.

“And Themightyserena (American Ideal - Themightykendall) is a nicely gated pacer.

Nine colts looking likely

“But there are nine colts who could make it early.”

The two colts who paraded, Bondi Shake (Somebeachsomewhere - Seven Point One) and Jeff Beck (Rock N Roll Heaven - Lady Fingers), are really looking the part, Bondi Shake in particular appealing to Green who snaffled him up for just $28,000.

But also shaping up well are:

* Captain Nemo (Captaintreacherous - Arden Caviar)

* Dior Sauvage (Bettor’s Delight - Kamwood Elsie)

* The Informant (American Ideal - Readallaboutit) and

* American Dealer (American Ideal - Maddison’s Delight).

Emilio Rosati’s $100,000 colt Star Of Africa looked the part even as a yearling. Green says he’s a big, powerful horse who paces really nicely.Emilio Rosati’s $100,000 colt Star Of Africa looked the part even as a yearling. Green says he’s a big, powerful horse who paces really nicely.Green also likes three of Rosati’s expensive babies:

* Star Of Africa (Bettor’s Delight - Diamond Like)

* Vanquish Stride (Bettor’s Delight - Pemberton Shard) and

* Captain Arden (Captaintreacherous - Southwind Arden).

“Singling anything out is a bit of guess work at the moment but they look the most likely to make it. In a month to six weeks, when we start stepping them up a bit, we should be able to label the early runners. I’m sure they’ll show a bit of lick.

“It’s amazing how fast these young horses can improve. You put them out for a two-week break and when you bring them back in they can be like different animals.”

And the early-comers can can also fool you. Three years ago Green said he was really excited about Vasari, Alta Intrigue and Spring Campaign as two-year-olds. “But while they all won races when push came to shove they weren’t that tough.”

Green says with the breed still evolving “what was good enough last year probably won’t cut it this year. The young horses are getting stronger and faster and better.”

NB: Unlike other syndicators, Lincoln Farms doesn’t launch its special partnerships until it knows the horses can run. But you can check out further details on the babies on the Our Horses page.

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 2: Bettor My Dreamz

“I think he’s a chance from the draw. He’s had only a handful of starts but I don’t think they’re much better than him, a bit more experienced perhaps. But he’s an improver and David said he felt improved at the workouts last Saturday.”

Race 2: Just Wing It

“Andre’s keen on him - he could have driven the other horse - so we’ll see what sort of a judge he is. I’ve been very happy with him in the last few weeks - he’s pacing a lot better.”

Race 5: Sir Tiger

“He’s done a great job so far but he’s jumping up in class and he’ll be up against it from now on, especially from that second row draw. He just lacks a yard of speed.”

Race 7: The Empress

“She’ll go well again and just needs some luck from the inside second row. There’s not a lot between her and Bettor My Dreamz. She’s a lovely mare.”

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Saturday night at Melton

Race 8: Perfect Stride
11pm NZ time

“I’m confident he’ll go well. I couldn’t say I’m overly confident he’ll beat them but all things being fair and equal I think he’ll be right there. He’s certainly ready to go. His work this morning was super and he’s really feeling good.”

Al Barnes

Al’s comments

Saturday night at Albion Park

Race 6: Northview Hustler
9.40pm NZ time

“It’s only an eight horse field and he should get a great trip behind the leader. It was only (lack of) fitness that got him last week but he should be winning this week.”

Race Images - Harness