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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Race 7: Platinum Volos
“It’s not an ideal race for him and I’m a bit worried about the 1400 metres. We’ll have to ride him back last and look for runs through them to give him the chance to see the distance out.”
Saturday at Kilcoy
Race 5: Lincoln’s Command
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“He looks fantastic and his work has been good. Kilcoy is a very tight track and you need to be up front so we’ll be going foreward even from the wide draw. We rode him back last time and it didn’t work as he’s too one-paced.”