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Two-year-old Double Or Nothing shows he really is something sweet

Sweet Lou colt Double Or Nothing continued to impress as a leading Young Guns prospect for Lincoln Farms when he led all the way to win at the Pukekohe workouts today.

And seven weeks out from the start of the rich juvenile series at Auckland the Lincoln green team showed complete dominance, the sole newcomer Hughie Junior 10 lengths behind them in the 1609 metre heat.

Sent to the early lead from four on the gate by driver Andre Poutama, Double Or Nothing paced fluently throughout, with stablemates Man Of Action and Perfect Stride behind him, and powered to the line one and a quarter lengths clear.

His time of 2:04.9 was a full three seconds faster then he and Perfect Stride recorded last Saturday and, while a little quicker than trainer Ray Green anticipated, the experience will do them no harm, he says.

Double Or Nothing leads stablemates Man Of Action and Perfect Stride.Double Or Nothing leads stablemates Man Of Action and Perfect Stride.“It was easy for them and they’ve had a good conditioning - they’ve been up a long time.

“They’ll have to go 1:55 to win a Young Guns race.’’

Perfect Stride, a brother to Friday night’s supersonic Auckland winner Chicago Bull, came from third in the running for Zachary Butcher to run second, with Man Of Action (Andrew Drake) a further half length away in third.

Double Or Nothing was untroubled to clock his final 800 metres in 60.3 and 400 in 28.4.

Mathew James (4) moves up to challenge on the home turn at Pukekohe today.Mathew James (4) moves up to challenge on the home turn at Pukekohe today.

Green says there’s little between Double Or Nothing and Perfect Stride, and Man Of Action is also gaining ground on the top pair.

Man Of Action showed nice improvement on his previous outing when he broke on the home turn, Green fitting him with a rein pole today rather than a fixed pole.

The only other Lincoln Farms runner at the workouts, Mathew James, turned in a better run, though driven right out, to come from second last in the running in his 2050 metre heat to run a half length second to the Steven Reid-trained Red Atom.

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Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Cambridge

Race 3: Lincoln Lou
6.39pm

“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
7.31pm

“I won’t be holding my breath. He tries hard enough but he lacks a bit of high speed.”

Race 8: Onyx Shard
8.55pm

“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
8.55pm

“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
8.55pm

“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
9.22pm

“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

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.”

Whales Harness