Lisa rapt with Platinum Rapper today - tune in to hear her best beats at Awapuni, July 4
Platinum Rapper and Lincoln Dreamer looked early winners for Lincoln Farms with smart wins at today’s Levin jumpouts.
Platinum Rapper was easily the most impressive of the four runners trainer Lisa Latta produced for Lincoln Farms, running away with the open 1000 metre heat.
On her favoured heavy ground, the mare sat back last, travelled up nicely in behind the leaders turning for home and let down stylishly down the outside to win by a couple of lengths.
Latta was rapt with the win, under heavyweight jumps rider Shaun Fannin.
“She’s come up really well and it was a very good effort today. She’ll be ready to go at the first meeting here on July 4.”
Latta wants to build on the mare’s black type record and will look at contesting the Merial Mile at Awapuni in September.
Platinum Rapper showed mastery of very wet ground last year, two of her three wins on very heavy ground at Trentham and Riccarton.
Lincoln Dreamer, pictured in the video, revelled in the heavy ground today to win the open 1200 metre heat.
In the hands of apprentice Faye Lazet, Lincoln Dreamer jumped smartly, sat in second spot and reached the lead just after turning.
“He kicked really nicely in the straight and just loved the ground,” says Latta. “He’s always liked wet tracks - his form went off only because he was running on good ground.
“I’m really happy with him.”
Latta is keen to return to Wanganui on July 10 with Lincoln Dreamer where he won his maiden in heavy 11 ground last August.
Benny Lincoln, placed once in four starts in his first prep, showed improvement to run second for Lazet, beaten only half a length.
“He jumped right there, quickened up nicely turning in and went to the line really well.
“He handled the track well.”
Latta is likely to give Benny Lincoln one more hitout before lining him up at the races.
“But he’ll be running in the first weeks when we come back.”
Consistent galloper Lincoln Town, placed in five of his seven starts, ran only third in his 1000 metre maiden heat but did not disappoint Fannin.
“He only came to the end of it over the last 200 metres and still battled away,” says Latta.
“He had a really good blow afterwards so will improve a lot with the outing.”
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Saturday at Awapuni
Race 5: Lincoln’s Kruz
“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
“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
“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
“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.”