Trojan Banner and Lincoln’s Girl to get passports stamped
Trojan Banner signed off on his New Zealand career when winning at Cambridge last Thursday.
The colt, along with stablemate Lincoln’s Girl, will fly to Australia next week to join the Queensland stable of Alistair Barnes.
And if Barnes is right, both horses should do extremely well there, says Lincoln Farms’ trainer Ray Green.
“Trojan Banner is at the stage where he’s going to struggle here,’’ says Green. “He’s not quite good enough for Auckland but he’s too good for Cambridge. And one more win and he’ll be racing against horses like Recco Lover.’’
Trojan Banner won three of his 18 starts here, earning $30,000, predominantly against very tough opposition.
His all-the-way win at Cambridge last week was his first for more than eight months but against easier company in Queensland Barnes expects him to win them in a row.
Lincoln’s Girl, who excels over shorter trips, won two of her nine starts, taking a mile mark of 1:56.7 at Auckland in only her third start as a two-year-old.
With a shortage of quality fillies in Queensland Barnes is also excited about her earning potential, says Green.
The pair will remain in the ownership of Lincoln Farms and its partnerships.
Barnes, helped by his partner Cassie Saunders and son Hayden, trains at Marburg, a small town 60km west of Brisbane.
He already trains former Lincoln Farms pacers Lincoln Road, who has won his last five on end, and Blue Glory.
Barnes describes Sir Lincoln four-year-old Lincoln Road as “the complete package”.
“He is so versatile - he’s led, parked out and come from behind - and this combined with his unbelievable will to win makes him a bit special,” he said.
“We’re hoping he can reach open class and that we’ll have plenty of fun along the way.”
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Race 2: Frisco Bay
“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”
Race 2: Lenny Lincoln
“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”
Race 3: Obadiah Dragon
“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”
Race 3: Leo Lincoln
“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”