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Lincoln Farms end of year update

11:46 AM 15 Dec 2016 NZDT
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Strike the Gold to Australia Zach Maguire Killer Queen Sir Lincoln 2 year old filly---Yasmine Bromac Perfect Storm Alta Intrigue Spring Campaign Spring Campaign surrounded by his admirers in the winners enclosure Hustler Vasari in flight for the line Betterhavtime racing in the New Year. Lincoln Lovely in the middle showing the way to our fillies Yasmine Bromac and Alta Shangri La. Naya at the workouts. Recco Lover looking good. Yasmine striding out at the workouts.
Strike the Gold to Australia
Zach Maguire returning to winners circle.
Killer Queen returning to greet the judge at Alexandra Par with Zac Butcher.
Sir Lincoln 2 year old filly---Yasmine Bromac
Perfect Storm with his owner.
Alta Intrigue
Spring Campaign
Spring Campaign surrounded by his admirers in the winners enclosure
Hustler racing in 2 weeks time.
Vasari in flight for the line
Betterhavtime racing in the New Year.
Lincoln Lovely in the middle showing the way to our fillies Yasmine Bromac and Alta Shangri La.
Naya at the workouts.
Recco Lover looking good.
Yasmine striding out at the workouts.
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As the Calendar year draws to a close it is time to review Lincoln Farms current season of harness racing and let our partners and friends know what to expect for the remainder of the 2016/17 racing season.

Lincoln Farms had a positive start to the season on the track with 12 victories, and 22 placings in the first 4 months of the season, the remainder of the season looks very promising with our young horses now in work, at the trials or about to start racing.

John, Lynne and Ray have selected and invested in good quality racing stock at the sales over the past two seasons, which is evident in the fact that 77% of Lincoln Farms horses are 3 year olds and younger.

This time of the year is particularly exciting with the 2 year olds about to start qualifying to race at the trials, some will have a Young Guns campaigns, others will need time to mature but will likely make an appearance at the workouts as part of their learning curve over the summer month.

This season we have seen the start of the first crop of Sir Lincoln’s progeny, hit the tracks, they have reached  2 year old status with several already qualified to race. Sir Lincoln has certainly stamped his progeny, they are nice big athletic types with both genders impressing at this early stage.

Lincoln Farms 3 year olds, have several exciting racing options open to them, with races in the upcoming Sales Series, Sires Stakes and hopefully eventually the Jewels to aim for in the next few months.

During the year, John and Ray made some hard decisions with our older horses who had won their share of races in New Zealand, some of these fine animals were sold, which benefited not only Lincoln Farms but also the loyal partners who have continued to race horses with us. By selling these fine animals it assists Lincoln Farms to purchase young stock at the upcoming Yearling Sales, so while we all may miss seeing Zac Maguire, Reine Des Gitan and Lincoln’s Superstar to name a few, their stakes earnings ability was limited as they went up in grade, while they can still be worthwhile for their new owners in Australia, as racing and breeding propositions.

Aussie Bound

Not all horses realise their true value in a sale so Lincoln Farms and their partners decided to race two horses in Australia, while retaining full ownership. Earlier this month we sent Killer Queen and Strike the Gold to NSW to Jay Jay Stables, Paul and Lyn Fitzpatrick’s racing operation 75 kilometres South West of Sydney, located close to Tab Corp Park, Menangle . 

One of the advantages of racing in Australia is that both of these horses will drop back in class and will be better suited racing against the lesser rated opponents across the pond. One of the rules is that we have to change their names when registering with Harness Racing Australia, also no apostrophise are used, so they will now be known as Lets Strike the Gold and Shesa Killer Queen.

Sir Lincoln Progeny

All of us at Lincoln Farms have eagerly await the Spring, as the time has come to finally have our wonderful NZ Bred stallion, Sir Lincoln’s progeny hit the race track. 

His first crop of 2 year olds are very impressive youngsters who have proven to be nice rangy athletic types, with early indications of some special horses in the making. There are several progeny in the South Island that have qualified to race with top trainers Bruce Negus and Cran Dalgety, one to remember who has impressed namely John the Plumber, is due to race at Addington on the 23rd of December. 

In the North we have had several fillies and colts winning at the workouts, two having qualified to race. 

Lincoln Farms have 7 x 2 year old colts and 5 x 2 year old fillies sired by Sir Lincoln in our barn at Pukekohe, some will develop into good racing prospects at 2, others will take a little longer. The quality of his progeny have meant  increased demand in the services of Sir Lincoln as a stallion, the 2016 breeding season is expected to see well in excess of 200 services from both sides of the Tasman. 

An update on the racing team.

Older Horses.   

(Lets) Strike the Gold a 5 year old  by Bettors Delight

Strike flew to NSW earlier this week to Paul Fitzpatrick’s stables to do his future racing in Menangle, he left New Zealand after surprising a lot of people except his owners by beating a small but highly rated field over the 2700 meter trip from a standing start. For a gelding who had a lot of time off from surgery where he has several pins in his legs, he showed he still has the class and ability to win races. Strike starts in Australia on a lower rating band and should prove to be a tough horse to beat. He won $84,920 in stakes in his limited starts in NZ.

 

4 year Olds

(Shesa) Killer Queen

Flew out with stablemate Strike the Gold and will also do her further racing in NSW, she has been a great mare, stakes placed as a 2 and 3 year old, has had her challenges with fibrillation  however she keeps bouncing back, loves racing and is very hard to beat when she gets to the front. The tighter turning tracks in Sydney will suit her racing style, with further wins across the Tasman her value will increase as a broodmare. Queen has won $131,959 in stakes winning in NZ.

 

King of Rock by Love You

This nicely bred trotting gelding, a very athletic horse who has bulked up nicely following his recovery from a leg operation last season. He has proven more than a hand full and has been sent to Derek Balle’s Stable to see if he can get him to concentrate on trotting as he wasn’t sure which gait he preferred.

A full brother to You Rock and a half to other multiple win horses, he is still a work in motion.

 

Like A Hurricane by Mach Three

This classy gelding who has had his share of setbacks, he is currently recovering from a suspensory problem and enjoying his time in the paddock, he will be back in the stables in early January.

Hurricane showed in his first campaign that he has genuine speed by winning a 2200 meter race in 2.41 and change at Alexandra Park, that he is capable of winning his share of races.

 

Perfect Storm by American Ideal

A tough little gelding, and a full brother of Besotted. He had a good start to his racing career last season with 10 starts for 2 wins and 6 minor placings for stakes of $32k. Storm then developed a problem with his stifles where his cartilage was thinning, he is now receiving stem cell treatment to the area which takes time to repair, he will also be reviewed in the New Year. 

 

Thephantomtollbooth by Real Desire

A speedy gelding, this talented big boy has had time out to let him grow into his big frame, His limited time on the track last season earned him, 2 wins and 2 minor placings from just five starts. 

Our vets had known that Phantom had a couple of small floating bone chips which it was decided to remove, following his win in August. His surgery was successful with no apparent nerve or ligament damage, he is back in the stable and been in work for the past 2 weeks, he is also swimming and  will likely be another 3 weeks away from the workouts.

 

3 Year Olds.

A nice group of Lincoln Farms 3 year old horses will be seen on the track over the summer months, most are lightly raced or just starting their racing careers, others have come through a 2 year old campaign and will now step up to the Stakes races ahead.

Alta Intrigue by Mach Three

A very speedy colt who had his second start of the season last Friday evening where he ran third in the Northern Stakes, he appears to be a more tractable horse after his break, and will be improved by his recent races. He will now target the Sales Series and Sires Stakes over the next few weeks, he appears stronger this time in and should prove competitive in his races.

Amaro by Badlands Hannover

A nice tidy little pacer who has had a handful of starts, he has shown he can run however Ray feels he would benefit from a month in the paddock to freshen him up. 

He has good speed but needs to develop a little more to be competitive on race day, as even non winners are running 2.41/42 over the 2200 meter distance at Alexandra Park.

Lincoln Lady by Somebeachsomewhere

A very well bred filly who needed time to develop, she is with Derek Balle stables, she has raced 4 times and while showing ability on the training track has not been able to convert this to race day. 

May just need time.

 

Lincoln’s Delight by American Ideal

A very nice filly who has above average ability, one who needed time but is showing up on the track now with good speed and a nice gait. Ray will step up her work and aim for a qualifying trial around the end of the month. A filly to watch this season.

Unraced.

Northview Hustler by Bettor’s Delight

A nice colt out of a Western Australian champion family, improving type but needed a little more time. 

Hustler had a few growing issues and need the extra time to fill out his frame. 

He will start light work within the next 3 weeks, he has qualified to race during his last preparation where he showed good quality, a nice colt who will be one to watch over the holiday period. 

Good at the workouts last week a week away from racing.

Unraced.

 

Onedin Amethyst by Sportswriter

By an exciting American Sire, he is a big clean gaited pacer, had one start for a 4th placing on debut, Ray decided he was still growing so he was turned out. Sporty is just coming back into work having a few tendon issues, he will start his preparation swimming and on the walker to ease him back into more pace work. 

 

Rocknroll Lincoln by RockNroll Hanover

A nice pacer who has had 4 starts to begin his racing career including a first-up second at Cambridge. A colt that Ray feels will improve with experience, he may not be a champion but  he has the ability to develop into a tidy racehorse.

 

Sky Diamond by American Ideal

This colt from the same dame as Sky Major had 2 starts in his first preparation as a 2 year old with 2 more in October to kick off his 3 year old campaign. Sky has been given time in the paddock to fill out his large frame, he is back in work just now, jogging at this stage but will likely be at the workouts in just over a months’ time. Expect more this time in.

 

Spring Campaign by Courage Under Fire

This speedy colt is a strong type from a quality family, Spring had his first race back this campaign in the Northern Stakes where he was in a speed battle and finished 5th, he is better than that and is more tractable this time in, we should see improvement from him over the holiday season.

He has genuine speed and will be freshened up this week before racing on the 22nd of December.

Vasari by Art Major 

A colt with a lot of natural ability, was competitive with the best of the 2 year olds last season and looks to have the depth to make an even better 3 year old. Vasari has had 16 starts for almost $60k in stakes winnings, for his efforts. He had a short setback with a suspected joint injury which has since been positively diagnosed and he is responding well to treatment, he will need a little more time but will be ready to go in the New Year.

 

2 Year Olds.

This is the start of a new life for these young horses, some will cope well and get straight into their work, others take longer to adapt needing several preparations to make the races. This is a special year for Lincoln Farms as the first racing crop of Sir Lincoln’s progeny will make their way onto the training and racetracks. New Zealand is in need of a quality homebred stallion with Christian Cullen now retired, there has not been a local entire to stand up, Lincoln Farms believe that Sir Lincoln, may just be the type to deliver good quality off-spring, which is becoming increasingly apparent from the trials and workout results. His current crop of 2 year olds are well structured, athletic and are starting to run times that are very impressive and receiving accolades and attention from trainers in both Islands. This has meant more interest in his demand as a sire with current bookings running way ahead of last season and from both sides of the Tasman.

Alta Shangra La by American Ideal

A striking filly a half-sister to Alta Intrigue both being out of a strong USA family bloodline, she will likely go early, as she has good size and maturity. In work and will be aimed at the Young Guns Series for Fillies.

Annaliese Lincoln by Sir Lincoln

A nice big filly may make a 2 year old has a bit of attitude but powerful type with dame bloodlines back to a strong USA family. She is starting her first preparation and has shown ability.

Benriach by Sir Lincoln

A nice black colt, may need a little time but is a very nice type of horse from an In the Pocket race winning mare. Big colt who is showing up early, goes good, may make an autumn 2 year old.

Best Shot by Bettor’s Delight

A strong solid type, from a great family on the dame side, by NZ’s most prolific sire. He will likely need a little time, he is not currently in work.

He has recently been gelded and is a month away from starting work.

Betterhavtime by Bettor’s Delight

A nice neat little pacer from a Mach Three, 7 win mare, possible early 2 year old, nice horse.

He was recently gelded and  will come into work prior to Xmas, showed promise earlier.

King of Swing by RockNroll Hanover

A nice forward colt, nicely gaited with a great temperament from an exceptional family on the dame side, who won as a 2 and 3 year old. Had a bone chip removed, been back in work for 2 weeks 3 weeks away from the workouts. A horse to watch.

 

Lincoln’s Image by Sir Lincoln

Very nice type of colt out of a seedy winning mare, a big strong type who may need time, had first prep then sent to the paddock back in after Christmas.

 

Lisa Lincoln by American Ideal

A half-sister to Ideal Quest, from an In the Pocket winning mare, she is a nice strong filly with a nice easy gait, she is in the stables doing pace work, one to watch.

 

Lincoln Lovely by Sir Lincoln

The pick of our fillies, beautiful pacer, nice filly from a multiple winning mare. Ray feels she will make a nice autumn 2 year old. She is currently in the paddock until the New Year.

 

Lincoln Road by Sir Lincoln

Nice colt may need a little time, from a good family on the dame side. He has just come back into work, Ray feels he has done well during his time out and expects to see an improved horse this time in.

 

Lincoln Sky by Sir Lincoln

Colt that has needed time, who has just started back in work, an improving type, a big nice gaited colt, look for later in the season.

 

Lincoln Street by Sir Lincoln

Related to a Northern Derby winner, this colt is a big strong type who has needed a little time as he is still growing, will be brought back in after Xmas.

 

Linc’s Bute by Sir Lincoln

A nice big colt out of a Badlands Hannover mare, who has needed time but is well gaited and showed early ability, look for him as a late 2 year old or early 3 year old.

 

Linc’s Grace by Sir Lincoln

Nice big filly, still growing so has needed a little time, back in, a nice pacer and is improving another to watch, early in the New Year.

 

Linc’s Tiger by Sir Lincoln

The first foal out of a Real Desire mare, showed some ability first time in however Ray feels he will be best given a little more time. Tiger will go to the paddock to enjoy the spring grass, until after  Xmas when he will be brought back into work.

 

Naya by Sir Lincoln

A nice pacing filly who feels as she may run early, does everything right at this stage. Nice type from winning family. She is advanced in her work and has been at the workouts, had a trial and qualified to race after Xmas.

 

Recco Love by Bettor’s Delight

A nice big colt and a good pacer, out of a very fast mare, he has qualified and had several workout runs in preparation for the Young Guns heat Friday evening at Alexandra Park. Nice horse.

 

Royal Gamble by Bettor’s Delight

The golden cross with Cristian Cullen multiple winning mare, this colt is a nice pacer has come a long way recently, he qualified and will also contest the Young Guns heat on Friday evening, nice horse.

 

Sea of Gold by Bettors Delight

Trained for Woodlands Stud, she has shown above average ability at the workouts and her trial where she qualified to race, winning her trial. A full sister to Strike the Gold and Gold Ace, bred to be a star.

She is a nice pacing filly we would expect to show up early at the races.

 

Vinabaka by Christian Cullen

A nice big colt from a very good family, he is still growing, needed gelding, is just back in work so will need time, he should be at the workouts in the New Year, has obvious talent and more adaptable this time in.

 

Yasmine Bromac by Sir Lincoln

A very correct, nice big filly who has done everything right on the track, she is currently spelling and will come back in the New Year. Yasmine is from a very nice well-bred family which shows in her gait and demeanour, the filly to watch.

Lincoln Farms also have several well-bred yearlings at the farm in Pukekohe, which we will advise people of in the future, when they get closer to the race track.

All of us at Lincoln Farms are proud of the fine group of well-bred younger horses that John and Lynne have purchased and Ray and his team are developing, some we hope will prove to be the stars of the future. We will have a few available for partnerships once we have put a little more work into them to ascertain the likely readiness to race. 

The comments above are Ray’s current plans for our horses, which can and do change from time to time for various reasons. 

I will keep individual owners updated as their horses start workouts, trials and races.

After watching our current racing stock at the workouts over the past few weeks, I am sure that Lincoln Farms will have their share of successes over the festive season and summer months ahead. 

Finally from all of us at Lincoln Farms, John & Lynne, Ray and his team, Merry Christmas to our partners, friends and our associates, I hope your horses run well, Santa is good to you and your investment and enjoyment in the racing industry, are a continued success over the holidays and during 2017.

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

Ian Middleton

For Lincoln Farm Bloodstock Limited

 

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