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Robbie: Give Princess Amelie better ground to bounce off and watch her go

Give Princess Amelie a dead track and she can win a black type race, says today’s winning jockey Robbie Hannam.

You only have to watch the last 100 metres of today’s fifth race at Waverley to see what Princess Amelie will be able to do on better footing, says Hannam.

It was only Princess Amelie’s class that got her through today in heavy 10 footing.

“That last bit when she really kicked was the only time she was comfortable in the ground.”

Hannam followed trainer Lisa Latta’s instructions to the letter, coming wider in the straight to avoid the inside running where nothing had won all day.

Princess Amelie strides clear at Waverley. PHOTO: Peter Rubery/Race Images.Princess Amelie strides clear at Waverley. PHOTO: Peter Rubery/Race Images.And he found the right strip late, putting paid to Malo Bik in a few big bounds and running away to a length and three-quarter win.

“She was handling it just enough to win but she was the class horse of the field it was really only her ability that got her home.

“And she’s not fully fit yet. She’s had a nice build-up with two jumpouts but still has plenty of improvement in her.

“She’d love a dead 4 or dead 5 track to bounce off and if she got that I think she’s good enough to win a Listed or low key stakes race.”

Hannam describes Princess Amelie as a lovely mare with a lot to like about her.

“She’s consistent and she can jump and race on the speed and that’s half the battle won right there.

“A horse like Platinum Invador gets back and does it the hard way but it’s easier when you can be on the speed.”

Hannam says Princess Amelie hasn’t done much wrong in her short 11-start career, winning four times.

Latta now has designs on one of two Group III races on the middle day of the cup meeting at Riccarton in November, either the $100,000 Stewards Handicap or $80,000 Breeders’ Stakes for fillies and mares.

A win in either would clinch her value as a broodmare for Lincoln Farms’ owners John and Lynne Street who paid $300,000 for the daughter of Snitzel at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 premier yearling sale at Karaka.

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Trentham

Race 3: Lincoln Raider

“He has come through his last run at Awapuni well and meets a handy line up with Sinarahma, who beat us last time, the danger. While the inside is not an ideal draw for him we have one of the best aboard in Opie Bosson and I’m sure he’ll find a path through them. This race looks well within his capabilities and he will enjoy being back on the roomy track where he has won three of his four races.”

Race 6: Platinum Road

“He won his first race here in December and ran a top third at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. He has pleased me with how he has come through the trip away and I’m very happy with him. He gets in on the minimum weight of 54kg and meets a field of older horses that has some form in it. But this race fits in well with his derby programme and I’m expecting another top run from him.”

Race 9: Kamanda Lincoln

“I’ve changed his gear and gone back to the ring bit. I’ll be instructing Darryl (Bradley) to try to get handier to them as he’s been giving the opposition too big a start. Over 3200 metres there’s no reason why he can’t be closer. He ran ninth in the cup last year after starting from barrier 17 so I think the better draw is the key to his chances. He gets in on the minimum of 53kg.”

Race 9: Johnny Lincoln

“He’s been running very honest races and keeps grinding away so I feel the distance will suit him. He has continued to please me in training and, while I would have preferred a better draw, we will look to roll forward with him and hopefully Robbie (Hannam) can get a nice spot. These races are won by horses who can run out the 3200 metres strongly and I am really looking forward to seeing how he performs.”

Race 10: Lincoln Star

“I have brought him back in distance after his last run over a middle distance on Boxing Day. He has drawn well and should be able to get a nice, economical trip in midfield. The big track will suit him and has run some very good races over 1600 metres so, if he can reproduce his best form, he is capable of being right in the finish. His recent work has been good.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Monday at Otaki

Race 3: Lincoln Town

“He was disappointing in his jumpout when ridden in behind. His trackwork since has been only fair but he is an average track worker anyway who only does as much as he has to. All his form has been on rain-affected tracks so we will see on Monday whether he can go on top of the ground.”

Race 5: Benny Lincoln

“He ran a cracking race last time at Otaki and will appreciate the step-up to 1600 metres. He will also be against his own age group here. His work has been good and this looks a very winnable race for him.”

Race 6: Lincoln Lane

“He’s first-up after a long break but has improved a lot since his jumpout and has a good draw to use. I will be happy to just see him doing his best work at the finish.”

Race 7: Master Lincoln

“He ran a very good fourth when resuming and has trained on very well since. He has an awkward gate to overcome but it’s only a moderate field. Any give in the track will help his chances as his best form appears to be on dead surfaces.”