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Progressive stayer Lincoln King steps up over ground at Matamata on Saturday. PHOTO: Trish Dunell.

Stephen: Lincoln King can give a fair bit of cheek stepping up over ground at Matamata

Lincoln King could be set for the $100,000 Counties Cup (2100m) on November 21 if he continues to please trainer Stephen Marsh.

Lincoln King ($19 and $5) tackles open company at Matamata on Saturday but, even though opposed by some useful types, Marsh doesn’t believe he will be disgraced.

“I really liked his first-up run and the step up to 2000 metres is perfect for him now,” says Marsh.

Lincoln King beat only four home when resuming at Ellerslie on September 26 but he was basically run off his feet over 1600 metres.

Second last at the 800, rider Ashvin Goindasamy began a wide run from the 600, forced first three, four then five and six wide turning for home.

In closing within seven lengths of winner Lord Sibford, Lincoln King actually recorded the third fastest last 800 in the field, clocked at 45.94. His final 200 metres of 11.93 was the fourth fastest in the race.

“He’s nicely drawn in four, has Danielle Johnson on, and should tuck in behind the field, midfield-ish. I think he’ll race very well.

“He’ll obviously take natural improvement out of the run because it’s his first over 2000 this time in, and he’s only had one run, but I still think he’ll give a fair bit of cheek.

“We’ll see how he goes, and how he comes through the run, but a nice little goal for him could be the Counties Cup.”

Lincoln King is up against Wellington Cup runner-up The Good Fight, who was just nosed out of the recent Whangarei Cup and Taupo winner Steven James, but he showed last campaign that he is on an upward trajectory.

Last January, after running a close fifth in the Dunstan Stayers Final (2400m) he beat Scaglioni over 2100 metres at Ellerslie, his fourth win from only 13 starts.

He has won twice at 2100 metres and twice at 2200 metres, on good and dead tracks, and likes to come with big, late finishes.

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Peter Moody

Peter’s comments

Wednesday at Geelong

Race 7: Platinum Invador
6pm NZ time

“I can’t fault the horse, he’s in fantastic order, dead-set bucking his brands off. But we’re going to need luck. Of concern is where the tempo is going to come from and if it’s going to allow the backmarkers to get into it.”

Stephen Marsh

Stephen’s comments

Saturday at Te Rapa

Race 4: Lincoln King

“He’s going great guns. I’ve been very happy with him since his win at Matamata and he should go extremely well. I can’t see why he couldn’t win again.”

Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Sunday at Trentham

Race 3: Princess Amelie

“Samantha Wynne will ride her from a lovely draw of two. There are a couple of smart sprinters in here in Deerfield and Mascarpone but the track should get back to dead and be perfect for her. She galloped very well on the plough this morning. Safely through this race I will look at the Stewards for her next run.”

Race 4: Lincolns Gal

“Her last trial was disappointing but at least from a nice draw of two she will have every chance to step up and race well. Her work has been good but she has never been a great track worker so it’s hard to read too much into it. Her summer coat is through and, with two trials under her belt, she will have no excuses.”

Race 6: Kamanda Lincoln

“He has an awkward draw of 11 but I’m not too concerned as he got back at Hastings last week and really finished it off well. The track condition should be ideal for him and he has come through his run last week very well. This race fits in well before heading down south for his next two starts over cup week.”

Race 7: Lincoln Hills

“Barrier 12 is going to be a bit tricky but we have in-form Danielle Johnson on and I’m sure she will try and get cover somewhere. The field looks even and he certainly looks a good chance on paper, given he is going to get a nice track with the fire just out of it. His work has been great and with luck in the running he should be hard to beat.”

Race 9: Lincoln Fury

“Some of his fresh-up runs have been his best and he has had three jumpout/trials to get him ready to go 1600 metres first-up. He has worked well and his coat is bright so I am expecting a good run given he is going to get the fire out of the track and he has form at Trentham. Jonathan Riddell rides.