Tommy Lincoln draws perfectly for first round of Inters at Albion Park on Friday night
Lincoln Farms’ Tommy Lincoln will get his chance in the opening heat of the Interdominion Pacing Championship in Brisbane on Friday night after drawing perfectly in two.
Trainer Mark Dux had been hoping for a good front row draw in the opening round over 1660 metres, believing it is his best chance to score good points on the Albion Park track which favours on-pace runners.
He will meet series third favourite Rock N Roll Doo, who fared badly on the outside of the gate and former Kiwi Spirit Of St Louis who will also need luck from the inside of the second row.
Local champion and Grand Final favourite Leap To Fame drew four in the third pacer’s heat and, while New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Swayzee will leave from two in the fourth heat, he won’t be able to match the early speed of gate flyer Turn It Up in five.
The three favourites in the trotting series all look set to score good points with Ollivici drawn three in the opening heat, New Zealand-owned Queen Elida four in the second heat and Just Believe the pole in the third heat.
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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.”