Lincoln King books himself a crack at the cups next campaign with demolition at Ellerslie
Trainer Stephen Marsh can see Lincoln King tackling cup races for Lincoln Farms next campaign given how rapidly he’s improved this preparation.
The Shocking five-year-old took his record this time in to three wins and a second from only seven starts when he destroyed his opposition at Ellerslie today.
Set alight in a planned move 1000 metres from home, when the pace slowed markedly, high-flying jockey Jason Waddell took Lincoln King up to race on the leader’s quarters, injecting much needed speed into the race.
And while part owners John and Lynne Street and Ian Middleton looked on from the grandstand thinking the jockey had gone too soon, once Lincoln King took over turning for home the gap only widened the further he went.
At the line, Waddell had put his whip away and was easing up on the lanky stayer as he cruised in by three and a half lengths over Scaglioni and Church Road.
“I said to Jason before the race that he’s hard fit, he’s run over 2400 metres and he’s on a relatively quick back-up. You’ve seen his last two runs, he’s ground his way to the line nicely.
“I told him to get on his bike early, make it a hard staying test, and with how hard fit he is, he won’t be stopping.”
The words proved prophetic and without doubt helped earn $18,000 for the Streets, Middleton, Wellfield Lodge and Marsh himself, taking his earnings this prep to $46,750.
‘He’s done a really good job,” said Marsh who was very bullish before the race. “But he’s going to need a freshen-up now.
“We’ll put him in the paddock and give him a light let-up then bring him back up for an autumn campaign.
“He’s an improving type and you’d imagine next time in he should be a cups type of horse. That was a really good, tough staying effort today.”
Out of the good staying mare Shi Kin Fly who won seven races and $175,000, Lincoln King was bred by Wellfield Lodge’s Bill Gleeson and was so slow to mature he was left behind when Lincoln Farms and Wellfield sent a team to Singapore.
Brought along slowly by Wellfield Lodge manager Peter Didham, Lincoln King gradually found his way but when he was finally sent to Marsh at Cambridge it was with the warning that he “didn’t have a massive turn of foot” and should be trained like a stayer.
“The horse has taken time to learn his trade but if he keeps on improving you wouldn’t know what he could do over ground,” Marsh said at the time.
Lincoln King’s win today capped a day of threes for Marsh, Waddell and Lincoln Farms.
It was both Marsh and Waddell’s third win of the day and the third win of the weekend for the Streets who also scored with pacers Man Of Action at Cambridge on Friday night and Double Or Nothing at Albion Park in Queensland.
Waddell’s hot streak will also benefit the victims of the Australian bush fires as he has pledged to donate $150 for each of his wins this month and 5% ($300) of his winning $6000 percentage from riding Railway winner Julius on New Year’s Day.
Marsh advanced to 58 wins for the season, second on the premiership to Te Akau’s Jamie Richards (68).
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Saturday at Trentham
Race 3: Lincoln Raider
“He has come through his last run at Awapuni well and meets a handy line up with Sinarahma, who beat us last time, the danger. While the inside is not an ideal draw for him we have one of the best aboard in Opie Bosson and I’m sure he’ll find a path through them. This race looks well within his capabilities and he will enjoy being back on the roomy track where he has won three of his four races.”
Race 6: Platinum Road
“He won his first race here in December and ran a top third at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. He has pleased me with how he has come through the trip away and I’m very happy with him. He gets in on the minimum weight of 54kg and meets a field of older horses that has some form in it. But this race fits in well with his derby programme and I’m expecting another top run from him.”
Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln
“I’ve changed his gear and gone back to the ring bit. I’ll be instructing Darryl (Bradley) to try to get handier to them as he’s been giving the opposition too big a start. Over 3200 metres there’s no reason why he can’t be closer. He ran ninth in the cup last year after starting from barrier 17 so I think the better draw is the key to his chances. He gets in on the minimum of 53kg.”
Race 9: Johnny Lincoln
“He’s been running very honest races and keeps grinding away so I feel the distance will suit him. He has continued to please me in training and, while I would have preferred a better draw, we will look to roll forward with him and hopefully Robbie (Hannam) can get a nice spot. These races are won by horses who can run out the 3200 metres strongly and I am really looking forward to seeing how he performs.”
Race 10: Lincoln Star
“I have brought him back in distance after his last run over a middle distance on Boxing Day. He has drawn well and should be able to get a nice, economical trip in midfield. The big track will suit him and has run some very good races over 1600 metres so, if he can reproduce his best form, he is capable of being right in the finish. His recent work has been good.”
Monday at Otaki
Race 3: Lincoln Town
“He was disappointing in his jumpout when ridden in behind. His trackwork since has been only fair but he is an average track worker anyway who only does as much as he has to. All his form has been on rain-affected tracks so we will see on Monday whether he can go on top of the ground.”
Race 5: Benny Lincoln
“He ran a cracking race last time at Otaki and will appreciate the step-up to 1600 metres. He will also be against his own age group here. His work has been good and this looks a very winnable race for him.”
Race 6: Lincoln Lane
“He’s first-up after a long break but has improved a lot since his jumpout and has a good draw to use. I will be happy to just see him doing his best work at the finish.”
Race 7: Master Lincoln
“He ran a very good fourth when resuming and has trained on very well since. He has an awkward gate to overcome but it’s only a moderate field. Any give in the track will help his chances as his best form appears to be on dead surfaces.”