Lisa on Lincoln Hills: ‘This horse can really gallop’
The most fascinating race of the week for trainer Lisa Latta will be Lincoln Hills’ tilt at strong rating 82 company at Awapuni on Friday.
An all-the-way last-start winner in rating 65 company on the course, Lincoln Hills steps up significantly in class in the sixth race.
And while he is a two-race winner taking on rivals who have won up to eight races, Latta doesn’t think he’ll be disgraced.
“This horse can really gallop, he works like an open class handicapper.
“And he gets a bit of a weight allowance on Friday.’’
Lincoln Hills drops 4kg on the 58kg he carried on March 1 while the majority of his rivals are carrying 58.5kg or more.
“He beat some pretty nice ones last week and his work has been very good since.”
On Tuesday morning Lincoln Hills was teamed with well performed stablemate Father Lenihan, clocking 52.3 for 800 metres and 39.7 for the last 600.
“I’m really interested to see how he goes. If he could run in the first four I’d be happy. Eventually I think he’ll be up to these horses.’’
Latta has given Lincoln Hills a month in between runs as he’s been quite soft until now, and also finickity about what track conditions he likes.
The Awapuni track was rated a dead 5 today, which would suit him perfectly.
Top jockey Chris Johnson again takes the ride on the All Too Hard four-year-old who is nicely spotted in gate six.
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Wednesday at Hastings
Race 5 & 7: Platinum Appeal
“She hasn’t been 100% in her action in the last three or four days and we have some foot issues to sort out. She won’t be running. We’ll wait for Palmy next week.’’
Race 6: Authentic Charm
“I have chosen to back her up as this will be one of the last good tracks we will get - it’s a dead 4 today. We’ve got the in-form Zinjete Moki who claims 2kg down to 54.5kg. She meets a small line-up and this looks like a nice race for her in her last run for the season.’’
Race 8: Lincoln’s Gal
“She has come through her last start at Woodville very well. She beat herself that day when she missed the kick and ran home very well. With the rating 65 having being split, it means she meets a small but even field. From the good draw Jonathan Riddell should be able to possie up and be right in the finish.’’
Saturday at Trentham
Race 7: Platinum Rapper
“She galloped really well on Thursday and has progressed very well since her last run. The big, roomy track suits her and the conditions won’t worry her so I’m confident she’s a big chance.”
Race 8: Lincoln Fury
“I don’t want the track too heavy for him. I’ll wait until race morning to see how it is and what’s scratched but we may wait for Wanganui next Saturday. His work has been good but he just may be coming to the end of his preparation.’’
News in brief
GREEN FIBRILLATES: Lincoln Green had an atrial fibrillation at Otaki on Thursday and will need a vet clearance before racing again. The horse raced keenly early but gave ground quickly near the 600 metre mark and rider Robbie Hannam did not persevere with him in the run home when he suspected there was something amiss.