Ray racks up another treble for Lincoln Farms as Louie, Larry and Lindi all go wire to wire
Trainer Ray Green is starting to make a habit of notching race night trebles, his perfect three at Cambridge tonight the third time he’s done it recently for Lincoln Farms.
Green started off last season with three at Cambridge and notched three at Auckland near the end of the term, while tonight Double Or Nothing, Lindi Lincoln and Larry Lincoln made it look very easy all scoring end-to-end wins, with Zachary Butcher in the cart each time.
Double Or Nothing, or Louie to his friends, earned a shot at the better three-year-olds in next week’s Sires’ Stakes heat at Auckland with his commanding win in the second race.
Sent straight to the front by Butcher, Double Or Nothing never looked in danger, finding plenty late to score by a length in the good time of 2:42.2 for the 2200 metres.
Dubbed a bridesmaid last season after a succession of placings, Double Or Nothing notched back-to-back wins tonight, Green saying he “looked to be enjoying himself with ears pricked.”
“People might have thought he was a cheat but he’s just needed time and there’s no doubt he’s a lot stronger this time in.
“I don’t think the Sweet Lous are early runners - they could be like Bettors Delights who just keep getting better
“I’m really pleased with him - it looks like he’s turned the corner. We’ll put him in the Sires’ Stakes heat next week and see what happens.”
Larry Lincoln might not be up to Sires’ Stakes level but Green says you can’t knock what he did tonight in his first race start.
Another by Sweet Lou, Larry Lincoln also found the early lead and paced faultlessly all the way to win by three and a half lengths.
“He could have won by a lot more but he only went 2:45.8 so it probably looked a lot better than it actually was.
“Yes he was good, but to be honest I don’t think the rest were much chop and the next step up will be considerably harder for him.
“But he’s come along really well this prep and he’s a neat little horse who should win a few more races.
“I should actually have taken him to Auckland to debut - he would have won there too based on what he showed tonight.”
Green was really pleased with the effort of Lindi Lincoln who showed a torrent of speed from the outside of the gate to quickly reach the lead.
Butcher reported afterwards he thought the Sir Lincoln filly was going to simply “clear out turning for home when the horse was simply gliding along.”
“But she shut up shop halfway down the straight and really got tired the last bit only getting home by a head.
“Her fitness certainly wasn’t where it should have been because she missed that race last week when pulled up at the start after locking wheels.
“She would have been short tonight, especially after burning out of the gate, so that makes the run even better than it looked.”
Lindi Lincoln, sent out a $3.20 second favourite, clocked 2:46.3, closing in 58.7 and 28.7.
Green reckons he’s going to set the bar higher now and attempt a treble when the Purdon/Rasmussen juggernaut is in town.
Zev’s big night
Green was delighted that after Double Or Nothing denied rookie driver Zev Meredith a win in his first race night drive - he was buried deep on the markers and flashed home late for second on Gladamare - the lad came out later in the night to score his first win on Havehorsewilltravel.
Green was taken by the youngster last Saturday when he drove Double Or Nothing to an all-the-way win at the workouts.
“He’s a good kid and could have a future.”
Meredith is the latest graduate of the Franklin Kidz Kartz programme and only last year was driving the ponies at Cambridge where he took the Champions Cup.
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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.”