Return of the Flat

sportsnut By sportsnut, 31st Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Lincoln Handicap is the feature race on Saturday as the first flat meeting of any note gets under way at Doncaster.

It's back!

The flat racing season began in unusual circumstances this year with Catterick staging the first meeting of the season on Wednesday. Doncaster has historically been bookmarked as the official curtain with the Lincoln handicap the main attraction.

Although Saturday's meeting at Doncaster wont be the first meeting, it certainly will be the first meeting of any real significance, with all the top trainers and jockeys striving to make the early headlines.While the row on tariff's continue to escalate, which will undoubtedly continue for many weeks to come, the racing community will be hoping for a fantastic opening meet to fill column inches with more positivity.

The main attraction!

The William Hill Lincoln Handicap has been the opening big race of the flat season for many years, with the first running of the race back in 1853. Like many of the big handicaps it poses a particular headache for punters. Recent years have recorded big wins for punters with the favourite winning the last two running's of the race. Will this trend continue or will an outsider gate crash the party.

The Contenders!

John Gosden's gelding Taqleed has been the big market mover, being backed into favouritism, and will be ridden by Richard Hills. He ran a cracking race in the Cambridgeshire, finishing three and half lengths behind the winner in sixth. He is running of the same mark, and providing he's raring to go, which shouldn't be a problem as John Gosden saddled the 2009 winner, so he certainly knows what it takes to get one ready to win the race.

Prime Exhibit finished second in this race last year for Richard Fahey, Lee Topliss takes over from William Carson this year and takes off five pounds with his claim, which will certainly be handy as the gelding is now four pound higher in the weights. He also has a good draw in stall one, the same stall as last years winner Penitent.

Another horse of interest is Alan Baileys six year-old, Lowther who won the trial for this race at Wolverhampton in good style, with what looked plenty in hand. He won that off a mark of 98 and goes off 101, but he looks to have the required improvement to run well of his new mark. My only worry is he's drawn seventeen so will need some luck in running as recent races have seen low numbers dominate.

But my selection for the race is Tartan Gigha who should run a big race. He has a two pound pull in the weights with Lowther than when finishing half a length behing him at Wolverhampton. Mark Johnston knows how to win big races and will have his charge in great order, and drawn in stall two I slightly favour Tartan Gigha over Lowther, who may have to wait another day being drawn out in seventeen. Previously mentioned Prime Exhibit is also better off in the weights than Alan Bailey's gelding, and may make the money for a second year, but will hopefully be just behind Tartan Gigha in what will hopefully be a memorable race and a mouth-watering start to the 2011-12 flat season.

My Selections

1. Tartan Gigha each way @ 20/1 (888sport & BlueSq)
2. Taqleed @ 7/2 (888sport)
3. Prime Exhibit @ 9/1 (888sport & BlueSq)
4. Lowther @ 14/1 (888sport & BlueSq)

Good Luck!

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Betting, Betting Help, Betting Tips, Flat, Gamble, Gambling, Handicap, Horse Race, Horse Racing, Lincoln, Racing

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1st Apr 2011 (#)

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