08 December 2018

Posted by  (The Informant) 

The hottest favourite on a super Saturday of racing this afternoon was in the very first race at Trentham, and rising star three-year-old Lincoln Falls lived up to those big expectations with a smooth victory.

The son of Dundeel has always been held in high regard, and his performances to win and place in his two previous career appearances were enough to earn him third favouritism for the Gr. 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie in March.

He towered over his five rivals as the $1.30 favourite for today’s $30,000 Lone Star Petone Premier, and favourite backers barely had a moment’s doubt in the 1400-metre three-year-old race.

Rider Johnathan Parkes settled him into a smooth rhythm in third place, and he was cruising under a tight hold approaching the home turn.

He easily devoured the front-running Kahu Rock in the straight and pulled away to win by a length and a quarter.

“He was just a class ahead of them,” Parkes said. “I liked the way he settled behind the slow pace today. He’s still learning, and every time he goes out there, the penny drops a little bit more.

“He’s a first-class animal and he’s heading towards bigger things.”

Trained by Lisa Latta, Lincoln Falls was a $200,000 purchase as a yearling at Karaka. He is raced by Chris Grace, Kamada Park and Lincoln Farms Bloodstock.

Lincoln Farms’ John Street admits he has started dreaming about the Ellerslie classic.

“I’ve won three Derbies in the standardbred code, but haven’t been able to do it yet with a thoroughbred,” he said.

“The Derby is our target with this horse. He’s by Dundeel, so he should stay.

“This was his first start back from a little spell, so we were a little bit concerned that he might need the run. But he got home well in a trial the other day against open-class horses, and he showed his great turn of foot today. We think he’s going to be a very nice horse.”

Lincoln Falls remains a $16 chance on the TAB’s fixed-odds Derby market, sharing third favouritism with fellow Dundeel three-year-old Cutadeel. The New Zealand 2000 Guineas quinella of Madison County ($10) and Dawn Patrol ($14) fill the top two spots.

With a slow pace through the early part of the race, the time for today’s opening event was 1:26.67 on a track that has improved to Slow8 on a fine day



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