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Tommy has the Will but second row draw on Saturday night makes it tougher

Tommy Lincoln mighty have drawn badly but trainer Mark Dux is confident he will run boldly again on Saturday night after placing in one of the fastest miles ever run at Albion Park last week.

Dux expertly predicted Tommy Lincoln would get the run of the race in the one-one last Saturday and when top junior Angus Garrard produced Tommy Lincoln he made ground strongly to be the best of Will The Wizard’s rivals in a sizzling 1:50.6 mile rate.

The time for the 1660 metres was just two tenths of a second outside the track record jointly held by champion pacer Themightyquinn (2014) and Cruz (2020) and further underlined Dux’s belief that Tommy would now continue to hold his own in the free-for-all grade.

While beaten 12.5 metres by Will The Wizard, who reeled off successive quarters in 27.2, 28.3, 26.9 and 28.2, Tommy Lincoln did well considering he had to come wide to make his run.

“It would have been nice to have been on the fence rather than coming around them but he raced terrific.

“I keep scratching my head about why people are thinking twice about buying him. What more can he do? If you wanted to buy one, there’s nothing wrong with him.”

Dux knows Tommy’s task will be harder this week as the sole horse on the second row.

“But there’s a bit of speed in the race and they’ll go solid again. Getting through the traffic will be the problem - he’s got to get round the slow ones - and when they’re running such fast times you can’t afford to be going backwards.”

The key to the race, says Dux, is what kind of a run Will The Wizard gets from the outside of the gate.

“If he goes straight to the top we can’t beat him. We’ll be a lot further back this week and you can’t take off a long way from home.

“But Franco Hampton has a lot of speed and they may park Will The Wizard. If they do, he’s no good thing.”

Tommy Lincoln races at 10.10pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.Tommy Lincoln races at 10.10pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Our runners this week

Friday at Albion Park

Captain Nemo.

Friday night at Auckland

Copy That, Pasquale, Louie LeBeau, Bet On The Tiger, Arden’s Horizon.

Saturday night at Albion Park

Tommy Lincoln.

Dan Costello Race Photography