Ray Green Pinnacle To Lincoln Farms Success
Working for John Street for the past 15 years has been a turning point for highly experienced West Auckland horseman Ray Green.
“John has given me some great opportunities to work with a high level of horses,” says Ray.
“He creates a real team approach and it is wonderful to be a part of that,” he says.
Street’s Lincoln Farms currently has 50 to 60 horses including 20 standardbreds. The latter are placed soley in Green’s care.
The company spent $1 million buying eight standardbreds and eight thoroughbreds at this year’s respective yearling sales.
The best harness horses Lincoln Farms have raced include Sir Lincoln; He's My Hero, Badland's Bute, Galleon's Sunset, Brocketsbrae and gallopers Fort Lincoln and Mikki Street.
“We have had some great horses along the way of which Sir Lincoln rates as the best one as he did things which most other horses could not achieve like when he won the Sires’ Stakes Final and smashed them and his Auckland Cup win was also a real highlight,” Green said. “He was a machine and is now entering the next stage of his career at stud which is very exciting.”
It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Green who is 67 and has been involved with harness racing for more than 50 years.
It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Green.
“It has been a struggle at times to make end’s meet and make a dollar in the industry and at one stage I when overseas for six years just hoping things would work out.”
But the turning point for Green was meeting up with 15 years ago and getting offered the training position.
Green says he tends to be a conservative trainer and likes to allow horses plenty of time to mature. “I’m not hard on my horses.”
Green says the stable has some very talented horses this season. One of the most promising is three-year-old filly Lincolns Megastar who added to winning record at Alexandra Park late last month.
Green said that the classic fillies’ races around Christmas time are the immediate targets for the sister to Sir Lincoln.
Besotted is a Cups horse in the making and looks set to go from strength to strength.