That’s our boy Recco - 1:52.2 at Menangle and he came from last!

Recco Lover announced himself in the best possible way when he scored a sensational first-up win in Australia yesterday.

The former Lincoln Farms pacer came from last in a c2 to c3 race at Menangle outside Sydney, clocking the fastest time of the day, a slick 1:52.2 mile.

The performance eclipsed both winning times of the faster class events, Alpine Stride pacing 1:53.1 in the c4 to c5 event and Lovin Miss Daisy 1:53.7 in the c5 and faster.

But it was more the way the five-year-old did it that ensured he had a bright future across the Tasman.

Starting from the outside of the 10-horse field, driver Leonard Cain was forced to drop to the rear as the leader roared through the opening quarter in 25.6.

Halfway through the race Recco was slightly closer, four back on the outer, but his chances didn’t look good when he was flushed four and five wide turning for home, with the entire field in front of him.

Recco Lover, flanked by co-owners Kevin Bell, left, and Steve Beckett, while campaigning in Christchurch as a three-year-old.Recco Lover, flanked by co-owners Kevin Bell, left, and Steve Beckett, while campaigning in Christchurch as a three-year-old.But the brave gelding charged down the stretch and, despite losing momentum when having to forcibly change direction 175 metres from home, he got up on the post to nose out the favourite Times Stride.

The result was a quinella for owner Emilio Rosati, who moved Recco Lover to Australia and his new private trainer Noel Daley after his last start third at Auckland on March 15.

Recco Lover was the $6 fourth favourite and earned A$5400, taking his bankroll to A$75,551.

It was the 17th time the consistent pacer had paid a dividend in just 24 starts, and further evidence that Lincoln Farms’ trainer Ray Green was right on the mark a long time ago when labelling him a topliner in the making.

Recco Lover was sold to Rosati in January but originally raced here by Michael Brereton, Martin Letton, the Bula Bells Syndicate, Denis James, Steve Beckett, Deane Hutchinson, Gerard Collins, Brian & Margaret Rabbitt, Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Ltd and Ian Middleton.

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Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 4: Copy That

“He’s certainly got some speed. The race was all over by the time he got going last week and James never pulled the plugs. Clearly he’s the best horse in the field on ability. But there are no guarantees he’ll behave.’’

Race 4: Tommy Lincoln

“He’s trialling well but I won’t be expecting too much from gate six. He was a big, gangly, weak thing but he’s strengthened up a lot this time in.”

Race 4: Billy Lincoln

“It’s his first race, and first time away from Pukekohe and he’s drawn the inside of the second row so logic tells you he has a few things against him. Until six weeks ago he was extremely average but he’s progressively got better and better.”

Race 8: Governor’s Bay

“He had a tough trip last time so it wasn’t surprising he weakened. He’s training well and this field looks a lot easier.”

Al Barnes

Al’s comments

Friday at Albion Park

Race 1: Lincoln’s Girl
2.42pm NZ time

“It’s not a bad field but she’s as good as anything else in there and looks a top two chance with a little luck from the second row. She went super last time - I didn’t know how brave she’d be when I saw her caught in the chair but Hayden was very happy with how she went.”

Race 9: Vasari
7.22pm NZ time

“He should get out a lot better this week with Hayden back driving and we’ll be trying to cross the pole marker. The horse is really well and he’ll win one soon. It’s a good line-up but he should run top three.’’

Anthony Butt

Ants’ comments

Saturday night at Menangle

Race 7: Lets Strike The Gold
10.22pm NZ time

“This is a difficlut race for him to win and I’ll be driving him quietly from that barrier. It’s been nearly nine months since he raced and he’s going to need a couple of runs to get his race fitness.”

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