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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Our runners this week
Saturday at Hastings
Master Lincoln, Lincoln Town, Port Lincoln, Father Lenihan, Lincoln Hills, Almo Street, Lincoln Star.
Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them
Thursday at Waverley
Race 1: Platinum Bordeaux
“I have put Charlotte O’Beirne back on her as she went so well for her at Awapuni two runs back. She had 10 days in the paddock after the Castletown which was run on a very heavy track. She is very bright and well and worked very well this morning. The wide draw is not ideal but the better track at Waverley will suit.’’
Race 3: Platinum Volos
“He has a wide draw to overcome but will move in to barrier 13 with the ballots coming out. He has good gate speed and the better track will play into his hands. Hopefully he will behave himself in the gates and based on his jumpouts and trials this shouldn’t be an issue. His work has been very good and I expect him to be right in the finish.’’
Race 4: Lincoln Dreamer
“He has had a stone bruise this morning but I hope to get him there if he gets the two more scratchings he needs to regain the field. If not, there is a race for him at Awapuni next Saturday. His work has been good since the wet tracks arrived and he has trialled well so I am expecting an improved run.’’