Lincoln Handicap tips and runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s 22 hopefuls at Doncaster

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The UK Flat racing season kicks into gear on Saturday, March 26 as Doncaster plays host to the lucrative Lincoln Handicap.

A maximum field of 22 runners have been declared for the Class 2 contest run over one mile, which is worth a cool £51,540 to winning connections. Woof!

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William Haggas is aiming to become the leading trainer in the history of the race and the Somerville Lodge handler throws three darts at it including the fancied Mujtaba.

You’ll find Timeform’s horse-by-horse analysis and Lincoln Handicap tips from the racing boffins below.

Lincoln Handicap runners

Safe Voyage

Trainer: John Quinn Jockey: Ryan Sexton Age: 9 Weight: 9st 10lbs

One-time smart performer but just useful in 2022, signing off with fair fourth in Newmarket Group 2 in October. Others look better treated at these weights.

Modern News

Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: Harry Davies Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Lightly-raced gelding who quickly reached a smart level when going unbeaten in 3 handicaps over 7f in 2021, including here. Shaped well after a break when third in Meydan listed race last month. Big player with this step up to 1m sure to suit.

Brunch

Trainer: Michael Dods Jockey: Jason Hart Age: 5 Weight: 9st 6lbs

Kicked on again last term when bagging 1m listed event at Pontefract. Runner-up in this event 12 months ago, so he’s highly respected on his seasonal return.

Marie’s Diamond

Trainer: Roger Fell Jockey: Rowan Scott Age: 6 Weight: 9st 4lbs

Useful horse who arrives in decent nick from a spell in Meydan for his current yard, fifth in Dubai Millennium Stakes there 29 days ago. No forlorn hope.

Johan

Trainer: Mick Channon Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa Age: 5 Weight: 9st 4lbs

Smart handicapper who posted good fourth in Golden Mile at Goodwood last August. Below par both runs after but no surprise to see him bounce back here for a yard with an excellent record in this event.

What’s The Story

Trainer: Keith Dalgleish Jockey: Callum Rodriguez Age: 8 Weight: 9st 3lbs

Course winner who returned with good second in listed event over C&D 12 months ago. Has 8-month absence to overcome but he still merits consideration.

Mujtaba

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Adam Farragher Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs

Fast improving colt who made it 3-3 with the minimum of fuss in 1m Redcar handicap in October. Limit not yet reached, so this son of Dubawi merits serious consideration for leading yard.

Irish Admiral

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Stevie Donohoe Age: 5 Weight: 8st 13lbs

Gained a deserved win in 1m Redcar handicap before finishing in midfield in Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. Still has few miles on the clock and needs considering in first-time tongue strap.

Saleymm

Trainer: Simon & Ed Crisford Jockey: Ross Coakley Age: 4 Weight: 8st 13lbs

Highly progressive son of Dubawi who scored impressively at Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton in November. Since had a wind op, and he’s weighted to go close in his hat-trick bid.

Revich

Trainer: Richard Spencer Jockey: Marco Ghiani Age: 6 Weight: 8st 11lbs

Signed off for 2021 with success in 1m handicap at Ayr in September. 3 lb rise demands a career best on his seasonal return.

Darkness

Trainer: David O’Meara Jockey: Jason Watson Age: 4 Weight: 8st 11lbs

Useful French 1m winner for Jean-Claude Rouget. Off since coming in last in Longchamp listed event in June but gelded and no surprise to see an improved showing on his debut for his excellent new yard.

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Fame And Acclaim

Trainer: Les Eyre Jockey: Lewis Edmunds Age: 5 Weight: 8st 11lbs

Useful handicapper who is now 13 runs without a victory. Resumes after a wind op, so this consistent sort can’t be ruled out for place purposes.

Ametist

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Cieren Fallon Age: 5 Weight: 8st 10lbs

Three-time 7f winner last year who signed off with excellent third (cheekpieces on) in Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. Still relatively lightly raced and one to consider with headgear retained.

Another Batt

Trainer: David & Nicola Barron Jockey: Connor Beasley Age: 7 Weight: 8st 10lbs

Proved a reliable sort in 2021 and he ended his campaign with 7f handicap win here. One for the shortlist.

Scottish Summit

Trainer: Geoffrey Harker Jockey: P. J. McDonald Age: 9 Weight: 8st 8lbs

Proved ultra consistent without getting his head in front last year and he didn’t enjoy the best of runs when seventh at Wolverhampton on his return. Possibilities.

United Front

Trainer: Michael Appleby Jockey: Theodore Ladd Age: 5 Weight: 8st 8lbs

Enjoying a productive AW campaign over the winter, winning pair of handicaps, and good third to Notre Belle Bete at Wolverhampton 14 days ago. Should go well again.

Notre Belle Bete

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: David Probert Age: 4 Weight: 8st 8lbs

Fairly useful maiden in Ireland who has taken his form up a notch with back-to-back wins at Lingfield and Wolverhampton for his new yard. Well in the mix under a 5 lb penalty.

Eagleway

Trainer: Ivan Furtado Jockey: Joey Haynes Age: 6 Weight: 8st 7lbs

Resurgent since fitted with cheekpieces and landed 7f Southwell handicap before good fourth there later in January. Not without hope after his lay-off.

Hortzadar

Trainer: David O’Meara Jockey: Cam Hardie Age: 7 Weight: 8st 6lbs

It’s now twelve runs since his last win in 2020, but he posted an excellent third in this event 12 months ago and he must enter calculations once more.

Teodolina

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: John Egan Age: 4 Weight: 8st 5lbs

Low-mileage 4-y-o who wasn’t seen out last term after being poorly drawn in Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot. Has won off a break before though, so she’s not dismissed after her lay-off.

Rogue Bear

Trainer: Tom Clover Jockey: David Egan Age: 4 Weight: 8st 3lbs

Progressive sort who made it 3-5 in 1m Nottingham handicap last autumn. He remains with potential and rates a lively outsider off a workable mark.

Broken Spear

Trainer: Tony Coyle Jockey: Jonny Peate Age: 6 Weight: 8st 2lbs

Course winner in November who looked rusty after 4 months off when sixth at Southwell (6f) 30 days ago. Visor replaces usual cheekpieces and he’s no forlorn hope.

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Lincoln Handicap tips

Timeform: MODERN NEWS teed himself up perfectly for this when a promising third at Meydan and, with the step up to 1m a big plus and promising 7 lb apprentice Harry Davies also in the saddle, this lightly-raced course winner can add to Charlie Appleby’s fine recent record in this event. Fellow improvers Mujtaba and Saleymm seem sure to have a say, while David O’Meara’s duo Darkness and Hortzadar both rate as lively outsiders in a cracking Lincoln.

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