Ray predicting there’s plenty of fun ahead for Lincoln Farms’ owners after busy workout day
Trainer Ray Green is tipping Lincoln Farms and its owners will be in for plenty of fun when his team hits the racetrack next month.
Green lined up 14 horses at the Pukekohe workouts yesterday and, despite it being their first serious hitout since lockdown, a swag of them impressed.
Green produced nine horses in the last four heats, notching a perfect three quinellas and a trifecta, and three of his earlier five runners ran improver’s placings.
Among those to catch the eye were Larry Lincoln, who beat stablemates American Dealer and Man Of Action, and Tommy Lincoln who nosed out Copy That.
Larry Lincoln, an impressive winner of his sole start last October, looked a winner-in-waiting when he led all the way for Andre Poutama in a 2050 metre heat for rating 53 to 57 pacers.
The sweet going Sweet Lou colt had two lengths in reserve at the line, after reeling off his last half in 57.7 and quarter in 26.9 to record the fastest time of the day of 2:35.6.
Green has made no secret of how much he thinks of Larry Lincoln.
“He was lame as a cat when he won his debut at Cambridge,” said Green. “He had soft bones and kept going sore when we put the pressure on him.”
Green wisely sent the horse for a long spell after his win and he has come back with a vengeance.
American Dealer also made an auspicious start to his career last February, winning a Young Guns heat at Auckland before running a game fourth in the Final. He looked ready to carry right on with that form when cuddled up in the trail yesterday by David Butcher and not hooked out in the run home.
Man Of Action was only a nose back third for Zachary Butcher, despite smashing the wheel discs.
Tommy Lincoln, unsighted since the Northern Derby in March, also looked an early winner when he led throughout the rating 53 and faster 2050 metre heat for David Butcher, ripping home in 56.9 and 26.9 to photo-finish top three-year-old Copy That in 2:36.1.
“Tommy’s always been a nice horse,” said Green. “He tries very hard and loves to roll along in front.”
Grade A report card
Green could not say enough about Copy That who got an A report card from Zachary Butcher.
“I was really happy with him,” said Butcher. “He didn’t put in any of the fancy steps he used to have and, while he ran out a bit on the second last bend, when he was up and running on the last bend, and concentrating, he felt super.
“He knocked off a little in the straight but when I gave him a slap on the arse he picked it right up again. Those good horses know when they have to do it and when they don’t.”
Green couldn’t believe just how low Copy That’s heart rate was afterwards when he was scraping him down. While Tommy Lincoln had a rate of 88, Copy That’s was just 76.
“He’s always had a tremendous heart and recovery rate. He’s so laid back and has always had a big engine. He can carry his speed that much further than most other horses.”
Copy That trialled yesterday with no boring pole and no spreader, another indication that the horse had really lifted his game from last campaign, said Green.
Owner Merv Butterworth was keen to tackle the A$50,000 South East Derby at Albion Park in Queensland on July 18 but Green said he didn’t know whether he could overcome COVID-19 restrictions.
Queensland’s borders are still closed and Green said he didn’t fancy “simply posting the horse over” and not being able to train him himself.
Jeff Beck nosed out stablemate Brian Christopher in the final learners’ heat, taking the lead a few hundred metres after the start for Zachary Butcher and clocking a sedate 2:46.7.
He was solid over his last 400 in 28.4 but Green has booked him in to be gelded this week.
“I think it will be the making of him,” said Butcher.
Green said Brian Christopher was making progress but was more a long term proposition.
Speedy unraced Captaintreacherous filly Spice It Up shaped up nicely when second in her learners’ heat for David Butcher.
Handled patiently five back in the running, Spice It Up improved four and five wide around the home turn and sprinted nicely to finish within a length of winner Goodealehmaddie, who capitalised on a perfect trail and marker run up the stretch.
Louie The Punter, a brother of former Lincoln Farms’ Mr Consistency Double Or Nothing, continued his dramatic improvement in recent weeks when he finished only a nose back third.
Aurora Stride ran a distant last after mixing her gait several times in the running.
* Check out the earlier story on Ryan Fox to see how Green’s other runners Captain Nemo, Apieceoflou, Franco Nandor and Bondi Shake fared.
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Race 2: Frisco Bay
“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”
Race 2: Lenny Lincoln
“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”
Race 3: Obadiah Dragon
“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”
Race 3: Leo Lincoln
“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”