Tips and analysis ahead of Lincoln meeting at Doncaster
Saturday’s meeting at Doncaster Racecourse marks the return of Flat racing in Britain with the Lincoln Handicap taking place at Town Moor.
The eight-race card gets underway at 1.25pm, with the finale at 5.25pm. We have previewed the pick of the action.
Lincoln Handicap (3.00pm)
The feature event is of course the £100,000 Lincoln over a mile. 22 runners go to post for the famous handicap. Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby saddles Eastern World (10/3) who easily landed the spoils at Meydan on his return to action in February. However, he was well-beaten at Doncaster last season behind the unexposed Haqeeqy (10/3) who bids to give the new training partnership of John and Thady Gosden a first landmark winner. The four-year-old impressed when easily scored at Doncaster on his latest start and looks an exciting prospect.
Brentford Hope (8/1) bounced back to form with an effortless success at Haydock last term and should be suited by conditions. A one-time Derby hope, he could really make his mark as a four-year-old. River Nymph (8/1) disappointed on his final start last term when well-beaten in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot, but had previously looked progressive with two easy wins at Ascot and Newbury respectively.
King Ottokar (9/1) was pitched into a number of competitive events last term and finished an excellent sixth in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot and is interesting if able to build on that, along with Brunch (11/1) who shaped with plenty of promise in Listed events at Redcar and Newmarket.
Danyah (11/1) is unexposed and impressed when scoring at Haydock on his latest start in September, whilst Ascension (14/1) bids to build on a number of fine efforts in defeat last term.
Doncaster Mile Stakes (2.00pm)
Across the rest of the card, the £37,000 Doncaster Mile Stakes features Bounce The Blues (7/2) who finished an excellent second in Listed company at Newmarket last term for Andrew Balding. Montatham (10/3) also brings strong form to the table having landed two big-field handicaps last year, before finishing second in Listed company at Sandown in September.
Top Rank (4/1) impressed when taking out a Group Three event at Haydock in September, before finishing last of six behind Kameko at Newmarket last time out. He is open to more improvement this year and is another to warrant a mention.
Others to consider include Space Traveller (11/2) who boasts winning form at Doncaster and was highly tried last term, winning two Group races and finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Father Of Jazz (7/1), third in the Winter Derby on his most recent start is another to note now switched back to turf.
Spring Mile Handicap (2.35pm)
A £45,000 prize fund on offer in which Acquitted (11/2) looks to improve on a disappointing campaign. Gelded since disappointing at Sandown in July, it would not be no surprise to see him show improvement here.
Artistic Rifles (13/2) shaped with promise on his return to action at Newcastle in February and is worth a mention along with Arctic Lady (13/2), a smart winner at Newcastle last time out and Poet’s Lady (10/1), second at Hamilton on her final start last term.
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