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Lincoln’s Girl unleashes nice sprint in preparation for Cambridge

Lincoln’s Girl looked well primed to resume at Cambridge on Thursday night when she unleashed a nice late sprint at the Pukekohe workouts today.

Driver Zachary Butcher restrained Lincoln’s Girl to the rear of the five-horse field, was still there 200 metres from home, and flashed home wide out with an impressive turn of foot to finish a close-up fourth.

With winner Gooddealehemily credited with a 27.3 last quarter, Lincoln’s Girl must have clocked 27 or better.

Lincoln’s Girl, winner of two of her four starts, has not raced for four and a half months but after five workouts this preparation, she looks ready to rumble.

Stablemate Abraham led out in the same 2050 metre heat, then trailed, but weakened in the run home and, while shaken up by Andre Poutama, ran last.

Beaudiene all the way

Beaudiene Western looked very sharp in his 2050 metre heat. Sent to an early lead, he sprinted five lengths clear 400 metres from home and held on well to beat the fast-finishing Ivana Flybye. His overall time was 2:36.4, with his closing sectionals in 58 and 27.9.

Mathew not all the way

Mathew James contested a 2050 metre qualifying trial and got out well from three on the gate to lead. He was under pressure turning for home when challenged and only battled into third behind Diamondsrbettor. He still paced 2:37.1, five seconds under the qualifying time.

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Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Cambridge

Race 3: Lincoln Lou
6.39pm

“He’s a beautiful little horse and I’m looking forward to seeing him run. It’s hard to know how good he is, or how far he’ll go, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday. He’s the one to beat from the draw. If he doesn’t win, he won’t be far away.”

Race 5: Commander Lincoln
7.31pm

“I won’t be holding my breath. He tries hard enough but he lacks a bit of high speed.”

Race 8: Onyx Shard
8.55pm

“It’s two and a half months since she last raced, and she didn’t grow as much as I thought she would, but I’m expecting her to go a good race. Her last two trials have been good and she’s pulled up well.”

Race 8: Obadiah Dragon
8.55pm

“He’ll need a good trip from five but he’s not out of it. He went a good race last time at Cambridge and would be as equal a chance as Onxy Shard.”

Race 8: Beaudiene Rocknroll
8.55pm

“It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff with him until they let them go but he should step away this time. Zac (Butcher) said the gate went particularly slowly before that race and that’s why he got impatient. I thought he did well to recover for third. If he made the front, where he goes best, he’d be hard to beat.”

Race 9: Frisco Bay
9.22pm

“He’s a tidy horse and I’m expecting a big run. We’ve sorted the problem he had with his breathing last season and he’s right in the zone now after a second and a win at the workouts.”

Mark Dux

Mark Dux’s comments

Saturday night at Albion Park

Race 5: Argyle
11.02pm NZ time

“It wouldn’t have mattered where he drew this week, he’s in the money, barring bad luck. He’s going terrific and he gets in so well at the ratings.”

Dan Costello Race Photography