Robbie: There’s so much more to come from Lincoln Green - he’ll make a lovely stayer
“There’s so much more to come as he’s still in learning mode.’’
With those few words rider Robbie Hannam paints an exciting picture of Lincoln Farms’ newest budding stayer Lincoln Green.
The Ferlax three-year-old got his career off to a perfect start when he led all the way over 1400 metres at Otaki today, winning a tight home stretch duel like a seasoned pro not the greenhorn that he is.
“He’s a nice big horse with a beautiful action and big stride and is going to make a lovely stayer,’’ said Hannam.
“He’s got a lot more there - I could feel he wasn’t giving me everything - but he’s still learning.
“Big horses like him take time and they repay you if you give it to them.’’
Hannam said trainer Lisa Latta really liked Lincoln Green and had been ultra patient with the horse.
‘He’s never been rushed. Everything’s been taken slowly with him.’’
While Latta was keen for him to ride the horse off the speed and give him cover, Hannam said he took the initiative when Lincoln Green jumped well and there wasn’t much early pace.
“If he’d had a better draw I could have ridden him midfield but I did a bit of study on the field and there wasn’t a lot of speed in it.
“He really enjoyed himself in front - I rode him like that at the trials - and turning for home I knew they’d sprint as the sectionals were on the slow side of even.
“I have him a couple of quick ones on the backside turning in and he really picked up.
“That other horse (Shebringsmerubies) came up outside me and headed me but the further they went, the better he went.’’
At the post Lincoln Green held a half head margin, with a further length and a quarter to the favourite Welcome Back.
“He did a few things wrong earlier on but today he ticked all the boxes - and did it easily.
“He wouldn’t have learned a lot being in front but we’ve got the maiden win now and next time in rating 65 I can give him a bit of a smother and teach him a bit.’’
Lincoln Green is the first foal of the Iglesia mare Sophia’s Dream who won three of her only 12 races.
He cost Lincoln Farms’ owners John and Lynne Street just $28,000 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Festival yearling sale in 2017.
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Saturday at Trentham
Race 1: Lincoln’s Kruz
“He has come through his unlucky Awapuni run well and I am very happy with him heading into Saturday. We could have waited for Wednesday at Hastings where there’s a maiden 3yo 1400m but given there are only two winners in this race, and it’s worth $30K, it seemed a better option. If he can get some luck in the running this time he can be right in the finish.”
Race 2: Lincoln Raider
“He lightened off after the trip south but has quickly put the weight back on and I am happy with him. This is a drop in class from his last run at Riccarton but there are some handy types in the field in Miss Labasa, Times Ticking and Savette. His work has been good and with Kozzi Asano’s 2kg claim bringing his weight down to 58.5kg I expect him to be very competitive.”
Race 2: Lincoln Hills
“He ran a great race last time after being caught wide at Awapuni and has come through it well. He again has an awkward draw to overcome but there doesn’t appear to be an abundance of pace except for Miss Labasa so we will be positive on him. If he can run up to his best form, he is capable of being right in the finish.”
Race 3: Kamanda Lincoln
“Sam Collett felt he needed the run at Otaki last start. The new bit definitely helped him settle and he has a lovely draw again to get a nice run. I haven’t done a lot with him since he raced but I am very happy with him. Kozzi Asano will claim 2kg, down to 53.5kg.”
Race 3: Johnny Lincoln
“He gets in at a nice weight and is thriving. There was a lot of speed in the race at Awapuni which allowed him to finish well but there is no real natural front-runner in here so we may need to make sure he is put into the race. I am expecting another top run from him.”
Race 9: Platinum Road
“It’s a special condition maiden but there are only three winners in it so it’s more like a maiden for him. He ran a top race at Awapuni last time and will be better for that experience over 1600 metres. He has drawn well in barrier three and should again be able to get a lovely run just in behind the speed. He keeps improving and I expect him to hit the line really well again on this big, roomy track. Leith Innes will ride.”
Sunday at Waipukurau
Race 1: Ajay Lincoln
“He was beaten by the muddling pace and on-speed bias at New Plymouth last time. Robbie (Hannam) has always been adamant he will get up over ground and he gets his chance here. We will be positive from the gates and get him into the race to give him every chance to step up and show something.”
Race 2: Benny Lincoln
“Finally he’s got a nice draw. He has kept improving with the good tracks and, while this may be a touch short of his best distance, as long as he is finding the line I will be happy. He has a great attitude - he wants to be a racehorse - but he has just taken a while to mature.”
Race 4: Lincoln Hanover
“From a great one draw he should be able to get a lovely run in behind the speed. Robbie thinks he will get up over more ground but I have chosen to give him one more start over 1200 metres first. He is certainly capable of taking out this race.”
Race 5: Lincoln’s Gal
“She has a nice draw (four) to use and hopefully Robbie can end up in the one-one on her. She will strip far fitter on Sunday. I toyed with stepping her up over more ground but, given she blew out fresh-up, I felt another 1200 metre race was better for her. She placed in her only previous run at Waipukurau and I am expecting a far better effort this time.”