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13/03/02 Front Beach Back to Defend Lincoln Cup
A strong recent fourth in Adelaide should have Front Beach primed for tomorrow's $21,000 Carlton Draught Port Lincoln Cup (1950m) as he attempt to defend the race he won last year.

Trained by part time diver Darryl Carrison, Front Beach is owned by his Lock based breeder Gerald Schlink.

Schlink received one of the thrills of his life when the gelding won last year's Lincoln Cup with Paul Gatt in the saddle.

Gatt will again be in the saddle of the eight-year-old son of Shuttlecock Corner in tomorrow's event.

A 3.4 length fourth behind the more than capable Adelaide performer Evans at Victoria Park on February 23 should have the gelding spot on.

Font Beach's chances were also helped when he drew perfectly in barrier four at yesterday's barrier draw.

Meanwhile, the Dennis O'Leary trained Fighting Harada, a shock Adelaide winner three starts back, zoomed into Cup contention when he won the Open Handicap at the track yesterday.

The six-year-old is sure to enjoy the one and a half kilogram claim from the very much in form lady apprentice rider Cheree Buchiw.

Another lady rider who is in sparkling form on the regional Eyre Peninsula circuit is Jayleen Burgess. She will be back aboard the last start Lock Cup winner Just a Fire in tomorrow's big race.

Recent Ceduna Cup winner Kooran Kid will be gunning for three straight wins after his strong win over the trip on February 24. Wayne Kerford will again be aboard the Herb Oats trained gelding.

High profile owner Tony Santic, one of the town's most wealthy tuna fishermen, is hoping the Joe Hall trained Smyzter's Smyzter can win him the Cup. The son of New Zealand based sire Senor Pete was scratched from Cheltenham's meeting in Adelaide on Monday with this race in mind.

Meanwhile, Ceduna trained mare Whistling Lass will have her work cut out for her if she can make it three wins in a row in tomorrow's other feature event, the $7,500 Yalumba Flying Handicap over 1000 metres.

While the distance of tomorrow's race is sure to suit the reemergence of her Lincoln rival Sunbury from the inside barrier will see that galloper start a warm favourite.

There will only be a one kilogram difference between the two after the three kilogram claim for Matthew Neilson aboard the Bacchus owned and trained galloper. Sunbury is a last start winner at Broken Hill.

Ceduna trained Trevor Trenowden is more hopeful of winning with his other in form runner on the program Wilds of Virginia.

A daughter of Wild Harmony, Wilds of Virginia, who is part owned by well known winemaker and trainer Wally Tonkin, is a winner of her past three starts at Port Lincoln.

Trenowden is very wary of the Ronald Stoetzer trained Lochie's Boy in their race the $6,000 Capitalcorp Class 3 Handicap over 1350 metres.

"I thought Ron's horse was very impressive winning down there (at Port Lincoln) at his last start," Trenowden said.

"He's going to be the one to beat," he added. "But my filly has trained on well and is certainly in good form."

Another highlight of the Port Lincoln Cup Day will be the appearance of high profile international thoroughbred breeder and owner Robert Sangster. The man at the helm of the world famous Swettenham Stud will be on track with his Australian Director and son Adam.

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