Line Up, untested on debut at Auckland, is still under treatment for a virus. PHOTO: Race Images.

Line Up still under the weather so it’s up to Perfect Stride to strike for Emilio

Classy Lincoln Farms’ colt Line Up will miss Friday night’s $100,000 Young Guns Final at Auckland.

Trainer Ray Green withdrew the super impressive debut winner today, saying he simply hasn’t recovered as well as he’d hoped from the virus which has set back many in his team.

“We just had to flag it with him,’’ says Green. “He’s better but not quite good enough to run. He’s missed too much work and I don’t want to set him back further by racing him when I know he wouldn’t be at his best.’’

Green administered more drugs to Line Up today to help him shake off the bug which has swept Pukekohe stables in recent weeks.

“We’ll just have to wait until the Sires Stakes with him.’’

The first northern heat of that series is run at Cambridge on April 18.

Owner Emilio Rosati had some consolation when his other runner the speedy Perfect Stride drew beautifully in two for Friday night’s final.

Though he too has been under the weather recently, and missed the February 8 heat won by Line Up, and last week’s heat, Green says he’s had a bit more work than the other horse.

“He’ll be competitive and the draw will help him.’’

Green’s only other starter in the final, Sir Tiger, was again out of luck drawing the outside of the eight-horse field.

One inside him, in seven, is the All Stars’ pre-post favourite Smooth Deal.

Lincoln Farms’ sole rep in the Fillies’ Young Guns Final, Hilary Barry will get her chance from the ace draw, with the red hot fancy Sweet On Me on her back.

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Anthony Butt

Ant’s comments

Thursday night at Penrith

Race 4: Vasari
9.33pm NZ time

“He’s been going good races from bad draws and, if he can lead from one, he’ll be awfully hard to beat.’’

Race 6: Make Way
10.33pm NZ time

“He seems back to his best again. He’s really bright in himself and is bouncing around. He had an easy time for a while with his cough, and it’s possible he’ll need the run, but he’s not far away and from the front he’d be hard to beat.’’

Alistair Barnes

Alistair’s comments

Friday at Albion Park

Race 3: Trojan Banner
4.57pm NZ time

“The draw is horrible and makes it very tough for him. The horse in front of him is a slug off the gate and if we follow him we could end up three or four deep. At least over 2138 metres you have a little time up your sleeve. You can grab hold, pop off, give them a little breather in the second quarter, then take it as it comes. He has improved greatly since his last run but he’s still not at his peak and I’m reluctant to pressure him too much second-up by looping the field.’’

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 4: Just Wing It

“If he can land a good trip (from five) there’s no reason why he can’t pay another dividend. He’s gone three honest races so far. The winner of his race last week (Benson Boys) ran 2:40 and they don’t go much faster than that so to run on for third was a good effort.”

Race 5: Governor’s Bay

“I like the horse, he’s got the raw ability to win a race or two up here. He blew like hell after his workout on Saturday which tells me he tried hard and he’s a bit porky. He’s put on a lot of weight in a couple of weeks. It’s his first time right handed on Friday and I’ll be running him with pull down blinds after he knocked off at the trials.’’

Race 9: Hilary Barry

“Mark Purdon’s monsters aren’t there which gives everyone else a chance but she’ll find it tough from the draw. Unless she’s very lucky it’s not a good scenario. If Andrew goes forward and uses her petrol it will be hard and if he goes back she’ll get nothing.’’

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