Man Of Action and Larry Lincoln show they’re ready to let rip in Queensland
Trainer Al Barnes will take Man Of Action and Larry Lincoln to the races next week with plenty of confidence after they all but dead-heated for first in a trial at Albion Park today.
Lincoln Farms’ latest imports contested a 1660 metre heat and finished with only a nose between them in the good mile rate of 1:54.8.
Both horses were handled quietly out of the gate, Hayden Barnes first to move on Larry Lincoln, taking the lead at the bell.
And after following him forward, Man Of Action then took the front for brother Brendan, rolling along freely, the last four quarters run in 28.2, 29.8, 28.7 and 28.4.
While he held on by the narrowest of margins, Al Barnes says Man Of Action will need a few little fixes before next week.
“Brendan was rapt but said the horse was hanging in a bit and we’ll give him an ultra sound because he’s feeling his hamstrings and stifles a bit. He humps up when you put the crupper on.
“Larry was doing it easily at the line and could have put a couple of lengths on the other horse the way he was cruising.
“Hayden was really happy with him. Both their heart rates were good - Larry’s was a little higher.
“They both did a bit of work in the run and are ready to go. There are a couple of nice races for them next Friday.”
Man Of Action, a last-start runner-up at Auckland, starts his Queensland campaign with a record of two wins and seven placings from 19 starts. Larry Lincoln, more of a sit-sprinter, has one win and one placing from seven starts.
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Friday night at Cambridge
Race 3: Lincoln Lou
“He’s a beautiful little horse and I’m looking forward to seeing him run. It’s hard to know how good he is, or how far he’ll go, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday. He’s the one to beat from the draw. If he doesn’t win, he won’t be far away.”
Race 5: Commander Lincoln
“I won’t be holding my breath. He tries hard enough but he lacks a bit of high speed.”
Race 8: Onyx Shard
“It’s two and a half months since she last raced, and she didn’t grow as much as I thought she would, but I’m expecting her to go a good race. Her last two trials have been good and she’s pulled up well.”
Race 8: Obadiah Dragon
“He’ll need a good trip from five but he’s not out of it. He went a good race last time at Cambridge and would be as equal a chance as Onxy Shard.”
Race 8: Beaudiene Rocknroll
“It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff with him until they let them go but he should step away this time. Zac (Butcher) said the gate went particularly slowly before that race and that’s why he got impatient. I thought he did well to recover for third. If he made the front, where he goes best, he’d be hard to beat.”
Race 9: Frisco Bay
“He’s a tidy horse and I’m expecting a big run. We’ve sorted the problem he had with his breathing last season and he’s right in the zone now after a second and a win at the workouts.”
Mark Dux’s comments
Saturday night at Albion Park
Race 5: Argyle
11.02pm NZ time
“It wouldn’t have mattered where he drew this week, he’s in the money, barring bad luck. He’s going terrific and he gets in so well at the ratings.”