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Sarge watches Lincoln Farms’ pair stretch their legs at Royal Randwick

Lincoln Sky and Lincoln’s Command have arrived safely in Sydney and had some quiet exercise this morning under the watchful eye of new trainer John Sargent.

The two promising stayers, raced by Lincoln Farms’ owners John and Lynne Street, flew in overnight from Auckland and looked bright when shown Royal Randwick for the first time.

The pair are in Sydney to target the rich prizemoney and escape New Zealand’s winter bog tracks.

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Thursday at Hastings

Race 6: Lincoln Town

“He’s drawn the outside but with the rail out 10 metres they’re only starting twelve horses and he has the gate speed to go forward so this will negate the draw. He worked nicely this morning and has continued to hold his condition well. I expect him to be right in the finish.”

Race 8: Ajay Lincoln

“He has a nice draw and the step-up to 1650 metres will suit. The track has come up a slow 8 and hopefully it will stay in that range as he will appreciate that better than the heavy ground he struck at Awapuni. He is finally starting to do things right and seems a lot more switched on. I’m expecting a better run from him.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at New Plymouth

Race 1: Manhattan Street

“There’s a lot of rain in the forecast so the track should be very wet and loose track which is what he wants. We’re trying to get some miles into him so we can eventually run him in a hurdle. There are a couple of smart types in the race in My Gift and Obsessive but I’m expecting a better run from him.”

Race 6: Platinum Rapper

“She needed the run at Awapuni last time and her work has been very good since. We decided on going for the cup as she gets in on the minimum and it’s another chance to get black type with her. When she met Rosewood at weight-for-age at Wanganui there was a 1.5kg difference but she gets 5.5kg this time. We know from the Wanganui run that she is up to this company and, while this field is slightly stronger, I feel she can be right in the finish. The track conditions will suit her.”