Lincoln attracts over 100 entries

LAST year’s winner Penitent is among the 118 entries for the 2011 William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster.

The William Haggas-trained horse is priced as one of nine co-favourites for the £100,000 April showpiece, the first major handicap of the Flat season.

William Hill also list Brick Red, Eton Forever, Gunner Lindley, Irish Heartbeat, Kalk Bay and the John Gosden-trained trio of Doctor Crane, Nationalism and Taqleed as the early frontrunners in the betting.

Gosden landed the William Hill Lincoln in 2009 with Expresso Star.

The Lincoln (3.05pm, Saturday, April 2) has a safety limit of 22 but those balloted out of the lucrative handicap can opt to contest the consolation race on the same card, the £40,000 William Hill Spring Mile, also over a mile with a limit of 22 runners.

Malton trainer Richard Fahey has the most entries with 15 engaged, while fellow North Yorkshire handler David Nicholls is responsible for nine entries.

Weights for the historic mile contest will be revealed next Wednesday.