Lisa: Slow footing will help consistent Lincoln Town go fast at Hastings on Wednesday
Drastically improved track conditions will play into the hands of Lincoln Town at Hastings on Wednesday.
When the Tavistock four-year-old resumed at Wanganui on July 10 he really struggled in the heavy 11 conditions, failed to show his customary early dash, was wide all the way, yet still fought bravely for third.
Improved with the run, and likely to strike slow 7 footing in the Bay with good weather predicted, he should get his chase to break maidens in the fifth race.
Trainer Lisa Latta says all she wants to see is rider Kozzi Asano bounce the horse out from gate 12 to be with the early leaders.
“He doesn’t seem to try as hard when he gets back, even in his work. And the improved conditions will really help him, he’s not a real mudder.”
Lincoln Town proved that fresh-up when he made up a nice slice of ground on the home turn, angled right to the better footing near the outside fence by Asano and closing within two lengths of the leader before his condition ran out.
Lincoln Town, a model of consistency even when unhappy in the going, has racked up six placings from his eight starts. And two of his best efforts were at Hastings when second in slow 7 and third in slow 8 footing.
When he won a trial at Waverley last month the track was also running better than a slow 7, giving him the chance to use his speed.
“I have left him on the fresher side to keep him to 1200 metres while the tracks are so testing but will step him up after this run.
“He should run well as long as he doesn’t get stuck too wide.”
Almo Street has been a heartbreak horse for the last two years but if he’s ever going to show something it has to be on Wednesday in the eighth race.
- He drops from rating 79 to rating 65 company
- His work has been markedly improved since his first-up run
- Both his wins have been on slow footing
- The last time he placed was at Hastings (in September, 2017) on slow 9 footing when he came with a big late run to be beaten only half a head in a rating 75 1600, the same distance range as on Wednesday
- His last win was at Hastings on slow ground in July, 2017.
“His work has really improved from his first-up run when he didn’t handle the testing track at all,” says Latta.
“The draw (nine) is a bit tricky so he may have to go back a little to get cover but I expect him to be finishing off well in a field that looks even but not overly strong.”
But we’re talking Almo here, he who sometimes goes to sleep in the gates and who has no respect for your money.
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Saturday at Hawera
Race 7: Lincoln Dreamer
“He has drawn 10 and because he is on the ballot I haven’t got a rider for him yet. He is looking great and has continued to work well. I won’t make a decision on whether to start him until race morning though as he needs a track better than the heavy 11s that he has been running on. The track at Hawera was a dead 5 this morning but there is rain forecast so I expect it will come back to the slow range. I will not run him if the track ends up any worse.”
Race 10/11: Almo Street
“They split the rating 65 1600 with so many nominations. He has made the field in race 10, the consolation, and is second ballot in race 11. If he makes the field in race 11 he must run there. Rain is forecast and he will not line up if the track is heavy. His work has been very good and he has taken fitness from his last runs.”