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Lincoln’s Kruz (Jonathan Riddell) should take an early trick for Lincoln Farms. PHOTO: Peter Rubery/Race Images.

Lincoln’s Kruz ready to set sail - Lisa just wants to find reasonable footing

Promising three-year-old Lincoln’s Kruz looked primed to resume racing after a solid effort at the Otaki trials today.

In wet and misty conditions, Lincoln’s Kruz (in purple colours) trailed third or fourth, wide out, in a maiden heat over 1000 metres and, despite an interrupted run in the home straight, finished strongly for fourth about three lengths from the winner, an unnamed Per Incanto three-year-old with Anne Herbert.

It was a good effort considering rider Jonathan Riddell reported the horse stumbled in a patch of heavier ground halfway down the straight, when angling to the outside for a clear run.

Trainer Lisa Latta said she was really happy with the gallop.

“I thought it was an improved effort from Foxton especially since he was stopped in his tracks a bit in the straight.”

Lincoln’s Kruz wasn’t suited to the heavy 10 conditions and Latta says she will start the horse where she can find the best footing, either at Wanganui or Awapuni in the coming weeks.

The showy black Kurushio gelding didn’t have much luck in three starts last prep but showed plenty of ability and will be expected to take an early trick for owners John and Lynne Street, Ian Middleton, Jeff and Vicky Roach, Peter and Bridget Morris, Sue Croft and Steve Haylock.

Platinum Rapper, pictured heading out for her heat today, had a decent blow afterwards.Platinum Rapper, pictured heading out for her heat today, had a decent blow afterwards.Platinum Rapper beat only two home in her heat but Latta was happy enough with the run to also give her a ticket to the races.

Riddell had Platinum Rapper third last in the eight-horse heat over 1000 metres, and she made a little ground to finish five lengths from commanding winner Crowning Star, trained by Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard.

“She was flat for early speed and got back in the running but made up ground in the straight, doing her best work on the line,” Latta said.

“It was a nice enough trial and she had a decent blow afterwards.

“That will tidy her up to head back to the races either at Wanganui or Awapuni.”

Latta will give Almo Street one more jumpout before racing after he blew out late in his 1000 metre trial.

Contesting a seven-horse heat, with Leah Hemi aboard, Almo Street was on his best behaviour and jumped with them, but quickly got back in the running.

“He worked into it from the 500, challenged for the lead at the 100 and finished third, beaten a head and a nose.

“Leah said he just came to the end of it 50 metres out so he will have one more jumpout on July 1.”

The two horses who beat Almo Street were under strong holds at the line, Mike Breslin’s pair of Dedoje and King Cougar travelling easily.

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Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Awapuni

Race 5: Lincoln’s Kruz
1.13pm

“He has trained on well since his trial. The track is going to be very testing (heavy 11) on Saturday and he is untried in these conditions but there’s not a lot of exposed form in the field and, if he handles the track, I’d expect him to be right in the thick of it.”

Race 8: Platinum Rapper
2.53pm

“We’ve decided to go with the 3kg claim of Temyia Taiaroa in what is a strong field. She will come down to 52kg which will really help her on the heavy track. She has had a jumpout and a trial to prepare for this so, with the right run, should be right in the mix.”

Race 9: Lincoln Dreamer
3.28pm

“He has Kozzi Asano up so will claim 1kg which will be a help. He handles wet tracks and has won on a heavy track before. This may be a bit short of his best distance but I expect him to get back in the running and be doing his best work late. He has been working well and I’m looking forward to seeing him back at the races on a wet track.”

Race 10: Benny Lincoln
4.02pm

“The field isn’t very strong but he has had only one jumpout so I am expecting he will improve a lot from the run. He handled the track well at the jumpouts so I think he will handle wet ground, but he may be one run away. Kozzi Asano will claim 1kg.”