Larry Lincoln toying with his rivals last start. PHOTO: Dan Costello.

Second row draws make it harder but Man Of Action and Larry Lincoln can earn cheques

Man Of Action and Larry Lincoln have both drawn the second row at Albion Park on Tuesday but trainer Al Barnes still labels them good each way chances.

Man Of Action is on the quick back-up after running a brave third last Thursday when he sat parked on a 1:54.4 mile rate and was still punching at the line.

The consistent gelding finished only 4.7 metres from winner Notorious, running good closing sectionals of 55.89 and 27.86.

“He’s pretty tough,” says Barnes. “He’ll handle as much as we throw at him.

“It’s a pretty even field but he’s up to those horses. He shouldn’t be too far off them when they settle and will be running on.

“If they get a little luck both he and Larry Lincoln could bob up and win.”

Larry Lincoln, who humbled a rating 51 to 55 field last week, starts one race later in a 53 to 60 race, the sole runner on the second line with the early defection of Jay Dee Be Rollin.

Larry Lincoln scored his third win from only five starts in Queensland on October 30, driver Hayden Barnes gradually working his way to the lead before sprinting clear in the home stretch.

He looked to have plenty in reserve in clocking a 1:54.1 mile rate, seven metres clear of his nearest rival.

Barnes says having discovered Larry is best driven more quietly, his son Hayden was likely to come off the markers and bide his time.

“There’s a bit of speed in the race, with quite a few go-forward horses, so they’ll be running.

“It’s a very even race. Rocks Or Diamonds is flying and Remember Me Now is going better than his form reads but Larry will be competitive and I think he can earn a cheque. He’s going really well and keeps improving.

“I think he’ll be close enough to come with one closing shot at them.”

Man Of Action races at 6.38pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.Man Of Action races at 6.38pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.Larry Lincoln races at 7.17pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.Larry Lincoln races at 7.17pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.

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Ray’s comments

Thursday night at Cambridge

Race 2: Commander Lincoln

“I thought he went quite well last time and he’s a chance of getting some of it. Andrew knows the horse well and, while he’s no champion, he tries hard.”

Race 6: Obadiah Dragon

“I can’t fault how he’s racing and he’s been unlucky several times at Cambridge. Yes, the others are higher graded than him but none of them are stars and most of the time at Cambridge the ones who get the good trips win. From the good draw, absolutely he can win. I wouldn’t like to be laying him.”

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