Lincoln tips: Paddy’s antepost betting preview for Saturday’s flat curtain raiser at Doncaster

Graham Byrne from PPTV looks ahead to the main players in this year's season opener

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*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing / Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional Antepost rules.

The Lincoln at Doncaster signals that flat racing is back, and a competitive field of milers head to post all looking to land the spring showpiece. The Lincoln is a real punting head-scratcher, so let’s have a look at some of the market principles.

Eastern World

Charlie Appleby landed a touch in this last year with Auxerre, and he will be looking to do it again with ante post favourite Eastern World.

The four-year-old had the perfect prep for this when landing a competitive handicap out in Meydan in February, and punters have really latched onto this Dubawi gelding who should get in off a nice low weight.

Haqeeqy

John Gosden is another man who knows how to lay one out for this, and he looks to have a great chance of winning another Lincoln with Haqeeqy. Haqeeqy had a brilliant campaign in 2020 winning three of four races culminating in a course win in a handicap at Doncaster in September.

He still looks nicely treated and it would be no surprise to see him use the Lincoln as a launchpad for a lucrative 2021.

King Ottokar

One of the unluckiest handicappers in 2020 was King Ottokar. Charlie Fellowes’ five-year-old ran with great credit in many of the top handicaps last year, but luck always seemed to conspire against him.

That was certainly the case in his final race of the season, when a high draw scuppered any chance he had in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on Champions Day. On a day when you had to be drawn low, King Ottokar was drawn in 22 and still ran with tremendous credit to finish sixth.

Brentford Hope

Richard Hughes never won the Lincoln as a jockey, but he may well land one as a trainer with Brentford Hope. The son of Camelot looked to have a promising classic campaign in front of him when he won a Newmarket maiden back in October 2019.

Classic quotes were issued but Brentford Hope failed to back up his promise and had a poor start to the season. He ended the season in good style winning a Haydock handicap which suggested that this sort of race might be more to his liking, he’s a fascinating runner.

Johan

William Haggas will attempt to put himself in the record books by becoming the first trainer to win this race five times when he saddles Johan on Saturday. Johan will attempt to defy top weight.

The four-year-old has not raced since being beaten in a listed race at Kempton in November, won by Kinross, after which he was gelded. Haggas said: “It’s unfortunate he’s got top weight, but that’s because he ran well on the all-weather at Chelmsford, although he didn’t run so well in the listed race. He’s got plenty of weight, so we’ll see. He’s ready to go.”

Danyah

Owen Burrows had a tremendous 2020 and he will be looking to get the new season off to a flier with Danyah. The four-year-old confirmed his liking for the course when landing a handicap at Doncaster in June. He finished off the season by comfortably winning a handicap at Haydock and looks a progressive type who should go close.

Conclusion: Charlie Fellowes has reported that King Ottokar has trained well and there has been a steady flow of money for the horse lately which has seen his price halved. With the extra places on offer for the flat season curtain-raiser, King Ottokar looks a safe each/way bet.

*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing / Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional Antepost rules.

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