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 Australian Racing News 
Wednesday, April 26 2017

At the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting 12-months ago Chris Waller ran quality galloper Mackintosh for the first time and this Saturday another ex-pat Kiwi will start his career under the master trainer at the same race day.

Lincoln Blue joined the Waller stable after his first 11 starts under the care of Lisa Latta reaped three wins which included a Group Three and Listed wins.

The three-year-old son of Savabeel finished down the track at his last New Zealand run after throwing his chances away in the NZ Derby, bucking before being tailed off shortly after the start.

"There was a lack of options for the horse over there so they sent him over," Waller said.

"He's a very well-performed New Zealand horse and obviously that form has stood up very well in Sydney during the autumn."

In a recent Randwick trial, Lincoln Blue was given an easy time under Hugh Bowman and the colt closed off stylishly in a strong 1050 metre heat that included the likes of Old North and Grunderzeit.

Lincoln Blue will have his first Australian start in the $200,000 Gr.3 Blacktown Workers Club Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).

"Mackintosh had a run for his New Zealand trainer in Sydney then came to me and he had his first run for me at this meeting. He won the 1500m race," Waller said.

"I would have liked to run this horse (Lincoln Blue) in that same race but his rating was too high so we have to run him in the set weights race.

"He's a good horse this. At the same stage he's a better performed horse than Mackintosh."

Lincoln Blue is being aimed at the Queensland Derby, the race Mackintosh failed in last year after winning the Rough Habit Plate and Grand Prix Stakes leading into the Group One contest.

"He's on a definite (Queensland) Derby path and he'll probably go second-up in the Rough Habit," Waller said.

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