The William Hill Lincoln Handicap
Finally we’re back with the seasons pipeopener, the William Hill Lincoln Handicap and a chance for one of our ‘12 flat horses to follow‘ to get us up and running…..
Doncaster’s William Hill Lincoln Handicap is the first feature race of the season, run over a straight mile, it’s traditionally thought of as signalling the start of the flat and is for thoroughbreds aged four and over at a race distance of 1mile.
Captain Cat, the co-favourite for Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster, will miss the race because of the rain-softened ground. Trainer Roger Charlton said the 8-1 chance would not run on the British turf flat racing season’s first day, with the ground now described as soft. Bronze Angel and Norse Blues are also non-runners after 17mm of rain in the 24 hours on Friday.
There are two previous winners in the line-up, with last year’s victor Levitate and the 2011 scorer Sweet Lightning set to race.
Here’s the Timeform Review of the contenders for the prestigious William Hill Lincoln Handicap……
Chookie Royale made it 5 wins from 6 starts at Wolverhampton when taking listed race earlier this month, storming clear from 1f out. Difficult to dominate this field.
Tullius won 4 of his 5 starts in 2012 at up to 9f. Lightly raced since, running well when close third in Newmarket listed event in November. Top apprentice up for first time and respected.
Levitate enjoyed a tremendous 2013, starting with victory in this and finishing with another here in big-field 7f handicap. Further improvement required to retain trophy but that not out of the question.
Ocean Tempest was hugely progressive in 2013, winning 3 times in September. Not made a great deal of impact in Dubai this winter and still looks too high in weights.
Burano is without a win in a while and just a couple of respectable efforts to take from spell in Dubai this winter. Blinkers back on.
Mezzotint has a patchy profile but won here (7f) and at Leicester last term for Marco Botti. Unproven over this trip starting out for new yard.
Captain Cat has taken time to find his feet but progressing well now, winning 1m Kempton handicap in October and good seconds in the meantime. Latest form been franked and looks poised for big run. NON RUNNER.
Hi There won 3 times last season, including on reappearance, but current mark leaves him with a fair bit to find if he’s to make a successful return again.
Sweet Lightning has won both this and the Irish equivalent, and latest effort at Meydan was a step back in the right direction. Tongue tie back on and well handicapped if rolling back the years.
One Word More made a successful return last season over this trip and very interesting on his close second to Breton Rock over 7f here in September. Boasts some strong 2-y-o form also and high on the shortlist.
Spa’s Dancer won a 1m Sandown handicap last season. Raced just 3 times since, again failing to stay 10f last time. Return to 1m will suit but others probably better treated.
Tres Coronas held his form really well last term, third in both the John Smith’s Cup and Cambridgeshire. Wolverhampton return should have blown the cobwebs away and could figure.
Bronze Angel is a C&D winner who took the 2012 Cambridgeshire. Lightly raced since, but handicapper lent a hand and easy to put a line through latest run. Interesting in first-time blinkers. NON RUNNER.
Whispering Warrior has been a big improver since switched to handicaps, scoring for sixth time in Trial at Wolverhampton, showing good attitude. Should go well again
Robert The Painter thrived last summer, rattling up a hat-trick. Well held in 3 runs in Dubai this year, though. Hood replaces visor.
Balty Boys was a dual winner for Jamie Osborne last season and made a bright start for current yard before finishing well held in big-field Ascot handicap. More needed on return.
Gabrial’s Kaka was progressive in 2013, signing off with good second in competitive York handicap. Still unexposed kicking off 4-y-o campaign and could be involved.
Jack’s Revenge was a consistent regular in big-field handicaps last season, kicking off with a fifth to Levitate in this. Seems sure to give his running on return.
Unsinkable is lightly raced and won twice in the early days for Richard Fahey. Hood now fitted after an uninspiring return for new yard at Lingfield.
Norse Blues won a couple of decent pots over 1m at Thirsk upon joining this yard last term. Signed off with couple of poor efforts from this sort of mark though, so improvement needed on return. NON RUNNER.
Consign enjoyed a productive 2013, scoring for the fourth time at Ascot (7f) in October. Better than bare result on last month’s return at Lingfield and could take a hand.
Off Art has looked highly progressive in just 4 starts, maintaining unbeaten record in 2013 with Ayr (1m) success in June. Not seen since but no surprise if there’s more to come this year.
1. One Word More
2. Off Art
3. Gabrial’s Kaka
Timeform View: 4-y-os have a traditionally good record in this and make up the shortlist. A chance is given to One Word More, who ran a blinder in a similar race on ground like this here in September, and hails from a yard that usually get off to a flyer at this meeting. Off Art and Gabrial’s Kaka both boast progressive profiles as they kick off their third campaigns and are feared.
Noseda’s Consign has a favourable draw(13) as it does seem that being drawn middle to high is favoured. Consign had a pipe-opener on the Polytrack at Lingfield last month and it looks all systems go for Town Moor.
Noseda said, “The aim is to go there. He needed his first run on the all-weather (this year), you need a lot of luck in the Lincoln, the draw and if we could get good ground on Lincoln day and a good draw I think he will be very competitive.”
Consign is currently set to shoulder 8st 9lb, is our selection and as mentioned previous looks a good EW 25/1 shot for the Lincoln Handicap.
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