They’ve got their eyes on our Billy Boy already and a hat-trick looms at Albion Park today
Billy Lincoln is already on the radar of an overseas buyer after two easy wins since arriving in Queensland and the rapidly improving three-year-old looks well placed to make it a hat-trick at Albion Park this afternoon.
New York owner Keith Quinn is scouting for more horses from trainer Al Barnes after his first buy Vasari scored a dominant fresh-up win at Saratoga last week.
And if rookie Billy Lincoln continues to impress, he could also be headed Stateside.
Billy is expected to start a red hot favourite from gate two in the third race today, at 4.47pm NZ time, after pointless wins in his opening bouts.
First-up, over today’s distance of 2138 metres, he scored by almost 10 metres in a 1:58.7 mile rate, and last time he led almost throughout over 1660 metres to clock a 1:54.3 mile rate, never tested to get home by nearly eight metres.
“He should find the front again and give them something to chase,” says Barnes.
“He’s got enough speed to hold them and, from what he’s shown so far, he’ll only have to run up the straight in 28 to be very hard to beat.”
Barnes says the opposition is slightly stronger than what he faced in his last start annihilation. “He’ll have to step up a bit - the horse of Grant Dixon’s Saint Kilda Beach goes all right.
“But we’re getting him into a nice routine, he’s happy and eating well, and he’ll run very well.”
Billy Lincoln, still learning what racing is all about, surprised even Barnes with the turn of foot he showed last time, looping the field effortlessly a round from home.
“Imagine what he might do in six months when he’s learned what life’s about?” Barnes said.
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Friday night at Cambridge
Race 3: Lincoln Lou
“He’s a beautiful little horse and I’m looking forward to seeing him run. It’s hard to know how good he is, or how far he’ll go, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday. He’s the one to beat from the draw. If he doesn’t win, he won’t be far away.”
Race 5: Commander Lincoln
“I won’t be holding my breath. He tries hard enough but he lacks a bit of high speed.”
Race 8: Onyx Shard
“It’s two and a half months since she last raced, and she didn’t grow as much as I thought she would, but I’m expecting her to go a good race. Her last two trials have been good and she’s pulled up well.”
Race 8: Obadiah Dragon
“He’ll need a good trip from five but he’s not out of it. He went a good race last time at Cambridge and would be as equal a chance as Onxy Shard.”
Race 8: Beaudiene Rocknroll
“It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff with him until they let them go but he should step away this time. Zac (Butcher) said the gate went particularly slowly before that race and that’s why he got impatient. I thought he did well to recover for third. If he made the front, where he goes best, he’d be hard to beat.”
Race 9: Frisco Bay
“He’s a tidy horse and I’m expecting a big run. We’ve sorted the problem he had with his breathing last season and he’s right in the zone now after a second and a win at the workouts.”
Mark Dux’s comments
Saturday night at Albion Park
Race 5: Argyle
11.02pm NZ time
“It wouldn’t have mattered where he drew this week, he’s in the money, barring bad luck. He’s going terrific and he gets in so well at the ratings.”