Sarge just wants to see Lincoln Sky finishing on - he can’t be in the money first-up
Trainer John Sargent isn’t expecting to see too much from Lincoln Sky when he makes his Sydney debut on Wednesday, drawn wide in a strong city race over a distance much too short for him.
Sargent was intending to race at Saturday’s provincial meeting at Kemble Grange but elected to start at Warwick Farm instead where he gets an extra 100 metres.
“It’s only a starting off point for him and it’s just down the road. He’s in perfect condition to make a start but there’s plenty of improvement in him and we won’t see the best of him on Wednesday.”
Lincoln Sky has 10 rivals in the A$50,000 event over 1400 metres and Sargent says it looks to be right up with the better fields for a midweek meeting in the city.
“It’s not a bad field but they’re always hard to win in the city until you get up to 1600 metres and 2000 metres.”
Also making it tougher is the fact Lincoln Sky has drawn one from the outside, meaning he will have to go back in the running.
“But I’ve got one of the best three kilo claimers on in Louise Day who’s on the way up and has been riding a lot of winners lately.”
The 24-year-old Irish apprentice, who has been in Australia for the last four years, has ridden 91 winners.
“I’ll go for one of the senior riders when we get serious but that probably won’t be until he has his third run.
“He’s doing fantastically well, probably too well - he’s as fat as me - but I’m very happy with him.
“The leading female rider here Rachel King galloped him the other morning and was very pleased with how he felt. He’s a pretty laid back horse who does only what he wants to but he ran good time over 1000 metres.”
Lincoln Sky, who hasn’t raced since mid-May, has won only one of his eight starts but showed promise when sixth in a strong field in the Waikato Guineas in February.
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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.”