Turner: You’ll see a whole new horse when Lincoln Fury steps up over ground
Talented Central Districts jockey Dylan Turner described Lincoln Fury as a push button horse with plenty more in store after his commanding win at Trentham yesterday.
And Turner, who rode a copybook race on the three-year-old, predicts he will be even more potent when he steps up over ground.
Turner had studied videos of Lincoln Fury’s previous efforts and was keen to position the horse not too far off the leaders in the 1600 metre maiden.
And he did just that, with Lincoln Fury well spotted in fourth, beautifully settled, before taking up a one-one sit at the 800 metre mark.
“The tempo wasn’t overly fast but he’s a push button horse who comes back to you really nicely.’’
And when Turner improved three wide round the leaders on the turn he quickly moved up to challenge and put the race to bed 200 metres out, cruising home by two lengths.
“Once he gets up over 2000 metres you’ll see a whole new horse as well,’’ says Turner.
“Up in grade he’ll be a lot better too. He has a decent turn of foot and he’ll kick off the turn quite nicely.’’
Turner says Lincoln Fury got through the slow 7 conditions well and should be fine up to a slow 9, though he’s not sure the horse will cop heavy 10 ground.
“The dead to slow range would be perfect for him.’’
Lincoln Fury, who was labelled Lincoln Farms’ best of the weekend by trainer Lisa Latta, cost John Street $80,000 at the ready to run sale in 2017.
By All Too Hard, he is the first foal of the Written Tycoon mare May Rain. It is the family of the talented Down Town who won four races in Hong Kong, including the Sha Tin Trophy (1600m) when he beat pin-up galloper Good Ba Ba.
Lincoln Fury’s win kicked off a good day for Turner who also scored on Cottoneva, coming with a perfectly timed late challenge. He also rode a second and third on the seven-race programme.
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Sunday at Tauherenikau
Race 1: Lincoln Hanover
“He’s done very well since his first-up run at Awapuni and continues to please me. He has come up with the outside gate which isn’t ideal but he has the speed to get across them. The step-up in distance will help and, while the top two horses look hard to beat, he is capable of taking this out.’’
Race 6: Platinum Rapper
“She has trained on well since her first-up win. Tauherenikau is a track that does not get overly hard, which we are looking for. This race will tidy her up to head south. There are some handy types in it and she is up a rating band but I am happy with her progress and expect another good run.’’
News in brief
AUTUMN PREP: Trainer Lisa Latta may consider an autumn campaign with Lincoln Falls if he comes through his gelding operation well, kicking off with the Group III Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on April 27. The horse, who did not see out the derby trip last Saturday, went out to the paddock today for a freshen-up before visiting the vet.
RETIRED: Bush Whacked has been retired. Despite showing promise at trials the Sepoy three-year-old showed in three starts for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh that he simply didn’t want to be a racehorse.
TOUCH FLAT: Rider Robbie Hannam told stewards he thought Platinum Touch was feeling the effects of her debut run and felt flat after beating only two home at Trentham.
LOST DREAMS: Dreams Of Platinum has been sold to Australia. The four-year-old mare won one race and placed seven times in 21 starts, earning nearly $35,000.