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- Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 14:06
By Michael Guerin
Trainer Ray Green has no fears about Sir Lincoln’s Achilles heal being exposed at Alexandra Park tonight.
The Auckland Cup winner is a surprise entry for the $25,000 Pak N Save Kumeu Stakes; firstly because most open class stars are in the paddock at this stage of the season and also because Sir Lincoln has never been at his best in standing start races.
But Green says there are a few reasons the five-year-old speed machine will be allowed to strut his stuff at tonight’s meeting.
“He is well enough because he only raced two weeks ago in Sydney and his owners were keen to start because of their connection to the race,” said Green.
“But also I think he will be fine with the standing start being off the 30m backmark by himself.
“He won’t have a tape behind him to bother him and should be able to amble away so I am not worried about that.”
Sir Lincoln was competent from a stand under those circumstances last season and is a far better pacer now so a peak performance would see him win tonight.
Green says that is likely.
Sir Lincoln was a huge second from a horror draw in Sydney two starts ago and far from disgraced after pulling too hard in the group one Len Smith Mile last start.
He drops enormously in grade tonight and, if his manners allow him to, he looks far too good in what will be his final race of the season.
Southerner Hip Hop Anvil has a good standing start record and was awesome winning under these circumstances at Forbury three starts ago, so is an obvious danger along with Excuse Maker, who was a close-up fifth in the Messenger last Friday.
The blowout in the group three race could be Jarcullembra, who has had no luck lately but comes in well under tonight’s conditions.
Tonight’s meeting is being used as a Harness Jewels lead-up, or even late qualifying attempt, by some talented young horses, including seven trotters in race nine.
Three-year-old filly Lotalov has the advantage of being the sole starter off the front line and will be hard to catch if allowed to lead, as she did when winning the Sires’ Stakes two weeks ago.
But she does meet two high class four-year-olds in Yankeedoosie and Murcielargo as well as speedy filly Not Likely in what will be the other highlight of the night.