Sir Lincoln under cover, out of the rain, after arriving in Tasmania.

Sir Lincoln itching to get out and explore his new home in Tasmania

Sir Lincoln has found a new home in Tasmania, standing alongside another former Kiwi great in Smiling Shard.

The 14-year-old stallion has been taken over by respected studmaster Kerrie Hymers at Sheffield, on the north-west coast of Tasmania.

And there, it appears, the horse could have found an unexpected niche with COVID-19 threatening the shipping of semen both in and out of the state.

When a drop in bookings made the former Auckland Cup winner no longer commercially viable at Alabar Stud, Lincoln Farms’ owner John Street set about simply trying to find a good retirement home for him.

And luckily, Hymers, who moved her Tourello Standardbreds’ operation from Victoria 12 months ago, was dead keen.

“I was looking to breed from him a few years ago and, when he became available, I jumped at the chance.

“He’s a stunning animal and is so closely related to Somebeachsomewhere - about 96%.

“I’m hoping a lot of the locals will use him - there are about 150 mares in Tasmania - and we will breed to him ourselves.

Sir Lincoln … settling in to his new home in Tasmania.Sir Lincoln … settling in to his new home in Tasmania.“We’ve got 25 mares and I had six picked out for him but if we’re not able to ship semen in because of COVID-19 we could end up breeding a lot more to him.”

Hymers said Sir Lincoln, or Lincoln Royal as he is known in Australia, was quite dehydrated after he shipped in on the Spirit of Tasmania.

“We’ve had him stabled to keep an eye on him but it’s been very wet here so I haven’t been in a hurry to let him out in the mud anyway.

“He’s a lovely boy, a real smooch, not like any of our other stallions. I think he’s been spoiled.”

Tourello Standardbreds also stands Smiling Shard, Tell All, Metropolitan, Dawn Of a New Day and Cams Fool, all for A$1650.

And, being a fan on coloured horses, Hymers has available the unraced horses A Bit Of Bling and Arctic Cat.

Hymers said Kiwi breeders could still access Sir Lincoln with some frozen semen available in New Zealand.

The son on Mach Three sired 81 winners in four seasons in New Zealand, from limited opportunities, his winners-to-starters ratio right up on the strike rate table.

Some of his best have included Aramis (1:53.2), Lincoln Road (14 wins, 1:53.1), Lincoln’s Girl (11 wins, 1:52.8), Rupert Of Lincoln (12 wins, 1:54.9), Linc’s Tiger (12 wins, 1:56.7), Onedin Reign (7 wins, 1:55.9), Silk (4 wins), Peraki Lincoln (1:53.7) and Lady Cherokee (3 wins).

He has had 18 individual winners in Australia in the last 12 months, Tourello Standardbreds quick to tweet his recent heroes - Tuppence, To Sir With Love and Glens At Tekoa.

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Sir Lincoln Top 10

Did you know…

1. CUP DAY BIRTH: It was preordained Sir Lincoln would be a headliner when he was born just hours before the 2006 New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington. Three years later to the day, and almost the hour, he annihilated his rivals on the same course in the Sires’ Stakes Final.

2. AGE NO BARRIER: In his second last race start, at the age of six, Sir Lincoln paced the fastest 1700 metres in New Zealand history, 2:00.5, beating Gold Ace and clocking a mile rate of 1:54 at Alexandra Park. Champion pacer Elsu held the previous record at 2:01.1.

3. ON THREE LEGS: Sir Lincoln ran his last race virtually on three legs, when second to Terror To Love in an Interdominion heat at Auckland. He had to be pulled out of the Melbourne series, and retired, when found to have a subluxated pastern joint - basically his ankle joint was dislocated.

4. SWIFT GOLDEN MILE: Sir Lincoln’s fastest mile was recorded in the 2012 Group III Golden Mile at Menangle in Sydney when he was nosed out by Captain Joy in 1:51.4. He was known by the name Lincoln Royal in Australia.

5. AT THE REINS: One for the trivia fans - how many drivers did Sir Lincoln have in his 57-start career? Maurice McKendry was Linc’s pilot throughout his career but he was MIA four times when the horse was handled by James Stormont, Ken Barron and Blake Fitzpatrick (twice).

6. WINNERS KEEP COMING: In only his third season with runners on the track, Sir Lincoln has already sired the winners of 30 races despite having limited numbers to represent him. Last season in New Zealand alone he had 16 winners from only 39 starters and this term he already has six winners from just 18 starters.

7. SOMEBEACH SOME RAP: Breeding buffs made a beeline for Sir Lincoln after superstar racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere had to be put down with cancer. Sir Lincoln is 7/8th bred on the same cross as Somebeachsomewhere - by Mach Three out of a Beach Towel mare who is in turn out of a Cam Fella mare.

8. DISCOUNT FOR LOYALTY: Broodmare owners are returning to Sir Lincoln in droves. Taken by the attractive foals he is leaving, many book straight back to the Alabar-based sire and take advantage of Lincoln Farms’ loyalty scheme which cuts his service fee in half to just $1250 plus GST.

9. TIME BEST FRIEND: Sir Lincoln’s progeny are mirroring the sire’s own start on the racetrack, benefitting from a little time to mature. The best the horse himself could manage as a two-year-old was one third from four starts but he was a different animal at three, winning four of his first five starts.

10. MEGASTAR’S FREAK DEATH: A freak accident claimed the life of valuable broodmare Lincoln’s Megastar, a full sister to Sir Lincoln. The mare, who opened her career with a nine and a half length walloping at Auckland, was retired after six wins, but left only one foal. She was killed when crushed by a fallen tree in a violent storm. Woodlands Stud has another full sister in two-year-old Moonlighting who is in training with Ray Green.