Surprise package makes it a hat-trick for Green
By Garrick Knight
The team at Lincoln Farms have been pleasantly surprised by the late-season winning hat-trick chalked up by juvenile pacer, Tommy Lincoln.
The sizeable son of American Ideal made it three on end when winning on mile night at Alexandra Park, rating 1.55.9 on a cold night in the hands of Zachary Butcher.
“He’s surprised everybody, really,” said his trainer, Ray Green.
“We all thought he would eventually develop in to something decent but didn’t quite expect it to happen right now.”
He hasn’t won thanks to good luck or soft trips, either – he’s had to be clearly the best horse in the race to win all three times.
And that has Green thinking he’ll now put him aside and target the Sires Stakes Series in the Spring.
“Now that he’s won three in a row, they’ll handicap the grandmother out of him.
“So, we’ll give him a break now and break him back for the Sires Stakes later on in the year.
“To keep him racing now would be suicidal.”
But if he doesn’t measure up there, he’ll go the way every other Lincoln Farms-owned tried horse has this season.
“If he proves not to be competitive there, he’ll be in Australia before you can blink,” said Green.
Green and Lincoln Farms’ management, John Street and Ian Middleton, have let their actions do the talking in recent months to the point that the oldest horses in the stable are juveniles.
This of course excludes older horses which regularly arrive for Australian owners, Meg and Merv Butterworth.
“Lincoln Farms’ oldest horses are two-year-olds.
“Every other horse three-year-old and older has been sold or exported.
“That’s the scenario we find ourselves in; sometimes it feels like they’re doing their best to get as many horses as possible exported.”
Needless to say, then, that Green is not a fan of the current handicapping system.
The stable and their owners currently race at least eight horses in Sydney with Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith, and in Queensland with Al Barnes.
The latter has been making waves recently with Green’s former stable star, Northview Hustler.
Still, Green will soldier on with the stock he has been fortunate enough to be entrusted with, most of them very valuable yearling purchases.
“We’ve got a big bunch of yearlings and a nice bunch of two-year-olds.”
Green has prepared five juvenile winners this season, the others being Perfect Stride, Line Up, Copy That, Sir Tiger and all are still in the stable.
As well as that, a further three – Double Or Nothing, Man Of Action and Lindi Lincoln - have placed.
Another of the stable’s juveniles, the unplaced filly Hilary Barry, has been sold and left Auckland on Friday morning, destined for America.