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This Lincoln really is Green but he’s a good looker and Lisa has a soft spot for him

Lincoln Farms’ Otaki debutant Lincoln Green is well named - he’s green as grass - but trainer Lisa Latta can see him eventually making a name for himself.

And while he has drawn the outside of the field in Wednesday’s second race, Latta says it won’t surprise her to see him charging home late into the money.

The Ferlax three-year-old has won two of his four trials, the latest at Foxton on March 26, when he finished strongly to win over 1200 metres.

“He’s a really nice staying type, with a big barrel, who’s been good in all his trials,’’ says Latta.

“He’s very green. He did a bit wrong the other day, trying to go a bit too fiercely, and he was also green when he hit the front.

“I’d hope he can get some of the money but from 10 he’d need the right run to win.’’

Latta says Wednesday’s 1400 metres will help Lincoln Green be competitive as she expects he will get up over 2000 metres and further.

Lincoln Lane … needs to muscle up.Lincoln Lane … needs to muscle up.Lincoln Green will be joined by stablemate Lincoln Lane in the race and he fared little better in gate nine.

But Latta isn’t expecting too much from the Savebeel three-year-old who she says is very immature.

Lincoln Lane did not pull up well after finishing last on debut at Hastings last December when his blood was found to be out.

“His bloods are right now but he’s a very weak type of horse who needs to muscle up.

“As long as he is hitting the line well, I will be happy.’’

Latta will probably race the gelding only a couple of times this preparation.

Platinum Bordeaux … trialled well at Foxton.Platinum Bordeaux … trialled well at Foxton.Two-year-old Platinum Bordeaux is also likely to struggle from the outside of the gate in the fifth race, given she is a back-runner, not a jump-and-go type.

“It’s hard to come from the back at Otaki where they run off the front.’’

But Latta still hopes to see Platinum Bordeaux run into the first four, given how well she trialled at Foxton on March 26.

The Per Incanto two-year-old was beaten only a head in an 850 metre heat, unleashing a strong late run.

Top jockey Chris Johnson takes the mount.

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Lisa Latta

Lisa’s comments

Saturday at Trentham

Race 1: Lincoln’s Kruz

“He has come through his unlucky Awapuni run well and I am very happy with him heading into Saturday. We could have waited for Wednesday at Hastings where there’s a maiden 3yo 1400m but given there are only two winners in this race, and it’s worth $30K, it seemed a better option. If he can get some luck in the running this time he can be right in the finish.”

Race 2: Lincoln Raider

“He lightened off after the trip south but has quickly put the weight back on and I am happy with him. This is a drop in class from his last run at Riccarton but there are some handy types in the field in Miss Labasa, Times Ticking and Savette. His work has been good and with Kozzi Asano’s 2kg claim bringing his weight down to 58.5kg I expect him to be very competitive.”

Race 2: Lincoln Hills

“He ran a great race last time after being caught wide at Awapuni and has come through it well. He again has an awkward draw to overcome but there doesn’t appear to be an abundance of pace except for Miss Labasa so we will be positive on him. If he can run up to his best form, he is capable of being right in the finish.”

Race 3: Kamanda Lincoln

“Sam Collett felt he needed the run at Otaki last start. The new bit definitely helped him settle and he has a lovely draw again to get a nice run. I haven’t done a lot with him since he raced but I am very happy with him. Kozzi Asano will claim 2kg, down to 53.5kg.”

Race 3: Johnny Lincoln

“He gets in at a nice weight and is thriving. There was a lot of speed in the race at Awapuni which allowed him to finish well but there is no real natural front-runner in here so we may need to make sure he is put into the race. I am expecting another top run from him.”

Race 9: Platinum Road

“It’s a special condition maiden but there are only three winners in it so it’s more like a maiden for him. He ran a top race at Awapuni last time and will be better for that experience over 1600 metres. He has drawn well in barrier three and should again be able to get a lovely run just in behind the speed. He keeps improving and I expect him to hit the line really well again on this big, roomy track. Leith Innes will ride.”

Sunday at Waipukurau

Race 1: Ajay Lincoln

“He was beaten by the muddling pace and on-speed bias at New Plymouth last time. Robbie (Hannam) has always been adamant he will get up over ground and he gets his chance here. We will be positive from the gates and get him into the race to give him every chance to step up and show something.”

Race 2: Benny Lincoln

“Finally he’s got a nice draw. He has kept improving with the good tracks and, while this may be a touch short of his best distance, as long as he is finding the line I will be happy. He has a great attitude - he wants to be a racehorse - but he has just taken a while to mature.”

Race 4: Lincoln Hanover

“From a great one draw he should be able to get a lovely run in behind the speed. Robbie thinks he will get up over more ground but I have chosen to give him one more start over 1200 metres first. He is certainly capable of taking out this race.”

Race 5: Lincoln’s Gal

“She has a nice draw (four) to use and hopefully Robbie can end up in the one-one on her. She will strip far fitter on Sunday. I toyed with stepping her up over more ground but, given she blew out fresh-up, I felt another 1200 metre race was better for her. She placed in her only previous run at Waipukurau and I am expecting a far better effort this time.”