Australian role changes for Group One pair
18 May 2017, 1:28 p.m.
Group One performers and ex-stablemates King Kamada and Reilly Lincoln are embarking on new careers across the Tasman.
The former is destined for a jumping role in Victoria while Reilly Lincoln’s racing days are over with the daughter of Pins bound for the broodmare paddock.
|King Kamada Photo: Trish Dunell|
“King Kamada doesn’t like the heavy New Zealand tracks so he’s gone over to Kath Durden,” Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta said. “He had a hurdle trial yesterday (at Ballarat) and apparently went really well.”
Assisted by her husband and former champion jumps jockey Craig, Durden operates a boutique stable at Moriac, near Geelong.
While King Kamada has only won four races, he was placed in the Gr.1 Auckland Cup, the Gr.2 Avondale Cup (twice), the Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup, the Gr.3 Manawatu Cup and the Gr.3 City of Auckland Cup.
Short course specialist Reilly Lincoln won seven races, including the Gr.3 Stewards’ Stakes and she finished third in the Gr.1 Railway Stakes on New Year’s Day.
“She’s been sold as a broodmare, she’s retired,” Latta said.
On the domestic front this weekend, the Awapuni trainer will be represented at both Te Rapa and at her home meeting on Saturday.
Latta will send the Group One performer Mighty Solomon north for the Norris Ward McKinnon 1400.
“Hopefully it won’t be a heavy track,” she said. “He’s had a foot problem, but we’ve got on top of that and he’s fine now.”
Mighty Solomon has been off the scene since he finished fourth behind Kawi in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic in February.
Among Latta’s Awapuni runners are the juveniles Father Lenihan and Rock Island Line, who debut in the Flipp Limited/Transag Centre 2YO.
“Father Lenihan is out of Platinum Princess and Rock Island Line is a half-sister to North And South so I know both families well and they should handle a wet track,” she said.
Latta prepared Platinum Princess to win eight races, including two at Group Two level, and North And South to win 10 times with her CV featuring success in the Listed Levin Stakes last spring. – NZ Racing Desk.