Lin­coln Falls on track for NZ Derby

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TAL­ENTED three-year-old Lin­coln Falls notched his se­cond vic­tory from three starts when suc­cess­ful at Tren­tham in the Lone Star Pe­tone Premier (1400m).

Rid­den by Johnathan Parkes, Lin­coln Falls sat just off the lead­ers be­fore reel­ing in fron­trun­ner Kahu Rock to win by just over a length.

‘‘He had to work a bit to­day and it’s al­ways hard to know what to ex­pect on an off track, but he’s donewhat we wanted him to,’’ win­ning trainer Lisa Latta said.

A son of six-time Group One win­ner Dun­deel, Lin­coln Falls will be set for the New Zealand Derby (2400m), at Eller­slie on March 2.

The ath­letic colt is likely to get his first look at Eller­slie in the Un­cle Re­mus Stakes (1400m) on Box­ing Day.

‘‘He was just a class ahead of them to­day— I did like the way he set­tled off a very slow pace, and he’s travelled up re­ally well,’’ Parkes said.

‘‘I still think he is learn­ing and ev­ery time he gets out there the penny is go­ing to drop a lit­tle more, but he is a first-class an­i­mal and he will go on to big­ger and bet­ter things.’’

Lin­coln Falls was an im­pres­sive win­ner at Woodville on de­but be­fore be­ing beaten by a head by Langkawi over 1400m at Hast­ings in early Oc­to­ber.

‘‘He was just feel­ing his shins a lit­tle bit lead­ing into Hast­ings, so we made the de­ci­sion to put him aside for three weeks,’’ Latta said.

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