Lisa ready to let rip with Lincoln Falls after he lets down late in testing conditions at trials
Classy galloper Lincoln Falls will resume at Hastings on Saturday week after pleasing trainer Lisa Latta in a trial at Foxton today.
And his talented stablemates Princess Amelie and Lincoln Raider will not be far behind, one more trial on the agenda before they race.
Lincoln Falls did not appear comfortable in the heavy 10 conditions today which were very puggy and testing.
Taken back from a wide draw by jockey Tim Johnson in the seven-horse field, he took a while to find cover in a slowly run heat but ran home nicely for fourth.
“He just wanted to do a couple of things wrong down the straight but once he got balanced he let down quite nicely,” Johnson said.
Lincoln Falls finished about two lengths behind the winner Not Santa, who pipped Lodi, with Just Fabulous shading him for third. The heat was run in 64.63.
Said Latta: “He had a good blow afterwards and this will tidy him up nicely to head to Hastings on August 31.”
The rating 72 race over 1300 metres would be ideal for Lincoln Falls, said Latta, as would the better Hastings surface.
Rider Robbie Hannam was stoked with the performance of Princess Amelie who ran third after leading her 1000 metre heat.
“It was a really good trial. We didn’t go very hard - the track was very testing - but halfway down she kicked really well.
“She blew out the last bit but it was very encouraging.”
Princess Amelie was collared only late and went down by just two heads to Jessiegee and He No Opilio in 64.12.
Latta was very happy with the mare’s effort given she hasn’t raced for four and a half months.
“I will trial her again on September 3 at Foxton and make a firm plan after that.
“Depending on track conditions there is the option of going to Awapuni on September 14 (rating 82 1200m) or Taupo on September 20 for a rating 72 1300m.
Latta was slightly disappointed with Lincoln Raider who beat two home in his 1000 metre heat.
Rider Tim Johnson settled Lincoln Raider in fourth spot, albeit distant to leader Dratini who was really running in front.
“But he didn’t let down like I thought he would,” said Johnson. “He’s not really a wet tracker.”
Latta was still not happy even though the heat was the second fastest of the five open heats, Dratini winning by four lengths and running 62.78.
“While he wouldn’t have liked the track I still felt he could have run home better.
“He may just be taking a little longer to come up than the others given the injury break he had.”
Lincoln Raider was sidelined in January and needed surgery to remove a bone chip in his knee.
“With this in mind I will head back to the Foxton trials again on September 3 with him and, depending how he goes there, we have a number of options with him from September 14 through to the 21st with races at Awapuni, Taupo or Hastings that could suit.”
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Thursday at Wanganui
Race 7: Father Lenihan
“He strikes a strong field for a mid-week race but I have seen good improvement in his work in recent weeks. Robbie Hannam has been galloping him and has been very happy with his work. He will strike a better track (slow 8 today) and there is no rain forecast so it should improve further. I expect a much better run from him.”
Friday at Taupo
Race 5: Platinum Road
“He has come up with the outside draw of 13 but we really have to start him on a better track to get a line on where we are with him. We will ride him where he lands but he is obviously going to need luck in the running. His work has been good but his coat is still not quite there so he will improve with this run.”
Race 6: Princess Amelie
“She’s drawn very wide and if the ballots get a start it will take her out of play being out there as she has to go forward, she’s no good going back. There’s a race at Waverley in a couple of weeks that we might run in instead.”
Saturday at Hastings
Race 9: Lincoln Hills
“He has drawn a touch wide in 11 in a very good field. We are going to have to go back from that draw and ride him for luck. His work has been good but I do have a reservation about him on a good 3 track as I think he is better with the fire just out of the ground. It looks like there’s reasonable pace in the race, which may help our cause, and hopefully he can get a nice run through them.”