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Lincoln Towers could put best foot forward
Maiden three-year-old Lincoln Towers did enough at Awapuni Thursday morning to suggest he rates a chance at Trentham on Saturday.
By Ron Gurney | May 23, 2024

Maiden three-year-old Lincoln Towers did enough at Awapuni Thursday morning to suggest he rates a chance at Trentham on Saturday.

Fast work was held on either the synthetic track or on the rain-affected plough.

Lincoln Towers (R5 No.2) used the synthetic track and had race-day jockey Jonathan Riddell aboard over 800m in 49.3, the last 600 in 36.1.

His previous best placings from seven starts were a third and a fourth as a two-year-old last season, but he could be coming of age.

Bryce Newman-trained Uncle Arch and unraced three-year-old filly Treat Yourself (by Savabeel) were paired over 1000m in 1.4.4, the last 600 in 36.6. Treat Yourself has recorded recent wins at the jump-outs and the trials.

Unraced two-year-old filly Only The Lonely (by Tivaci) and an unknown companion, both in the Newman barn, covered 1000m in 1.11.8, increasing the tempo as they went to finish with 800m in 52.3, the last 600 in 37.3.

Barzetti worked alone over 800m in 54.2, the last 600 in 39.8, and his stablemate Durham Lad came up with 54.9 and 39.7.

Unraced three-year-old filly La Nostra Sirena (by Redwood) and a Tivaci filly, another pair trained by Bryce Newman, ran 800m in 56.3, the last 600 in 40.3.

Wellington entrant Jestin Case (R6 No.6) was kept to three-quarter pace over 800m.

On the plough, Semper Magico reeled off 1000m in a smart 1.1.3, the last 600 in 37.2, and he will come into his own when the tracks ease somewhat.

Wellington runners Smokin Mo (R2 No.17) and Faustian Bargain (R4 No.6) did a quiet round before galloping 1000m in 1.4.7, the last 600 in 38.5, which was solid work.

Make Time left 1000m behind in 1.8.6, the last 600 in 39.8, and is building nicely in a new winter campaign.

Papa Surf, racing at Wellington (R8 No.4), and Crouch were on terms throughout 1000m in 1.9.2, the last 600 in 40.8, and Opawa Scarlett (R5 No.11) went alone in 1.10.5 and 40.7.

Belle's Echo (R3 No.5), who won over the same distance last Saturday, had Love Janie for a partner over 1000m in 1.15.2, the last 600 in 41.5.

Lincoln Star (R7 No.9) did two quiet rounds with a 600m sprint at the end of each one in 41.1 and 41.4 respectively.

The nine-year-old has won two of his last three and will carry just 53kg with northern apprentice Tayla Mitchell in the saddle on Saturday.

Rushin Home (by Russian Revolution) and an Alamosa filly ran a quiet 800m in 59.3, the last 600 in 42.5. Rushin Home debuts with good credentials in the maiden two-year-old race on Saturday.

Benefactor (R6 No.1) was not chasing time either over 1000m, the last 600 in 42.1