Sweet Lightning wins Lincoln

Johnny Murtagh collects his second consecutive William Hill Lincoln win, this time aboard Sweet Lightening. Picture: Liz Mockler D8763LM
Johnny Murtagh collects his second consecutive William Hill Lincoln win, this time aboard Sweet Lightening. Picture: Liz Mockler D8763LM

Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh was all smiles after riding the winner of the William Hill Lincoln for the second year in a row at Doncaster on Saturday, writes Simon Mapletoft.

Murtagh, who galloped to victory on Penitent 12 months earlier, secured Lincoln glory again on 16-1 shot Sweet Lightning.

It was a first success in the race for North East trainer Michael Dods and his high profile owner Andrew Tinkler, who runs the famous Stobart haulage company.

Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey saddled six in pursuit of a prize that has so far eluded him, with outsider Brae Hill emulating the achievement of the trainer’s 2010 runner up Prime Exhibit.

The William Hill Spring Mile, the race for those unable to get into the Lincoln, produced a fairytale result for rookie trainer Roger Varian, whose first ever domestic runner Eton Forever shot clear of his pursuers.

Varian, whose 10-1 winner was partnered by Neil Callan, has taken over from Newmarket maestro Michael Jarvis, who retired recently due to ill health.

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