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 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.
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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“She has drawn perfectly in barrier seven so Robbie (Hannam) should be able to possie up just behind the pace, which is an advantage at Woodville. Her work has been very good since her last run and she should strike the perfect track for her, a dead 5. This is a very even line-up and she should be right in the finish.’’
News in brief
TOP TIP: Trainer Lisa Latta was right on the money about $35 starter Lincoln Hills who ran a terrific fourth in very strong company at Awapuni. “He would have run even closer had he not pulled himself into the ground,” Latta said. Follow him on April 25.
INVADOR HOME: Platinum Invador is back in the country and will go straight to the spelling paddock after failing in the A$2million Australian Derby. Trainer Lisa Latta says in hindsight the three runs in two weeks he had on his NZ Derby camapign left him a tired horse.