Saturday 30th March 2019
The first big UK flat meeting of the season takes place this Saturday at Doncaster which is of course the Lincoln Meeting with the feature contest coming in the form of the Lincoln itself. The Lincoln is a heritage handicap which is contested over a mile and like all heritage handicaps is populated with a sizeable field. The race often has a stand out horse at the the top of the market and that’s once again the case this time around with the Charlie Appleby trained Auxerre sitting at the top of the market at a general 7/2. The four year old gelding has won three of his four starts and seemingly fits the ‘potential group horse in a handicap’ cliche we hear coming into this race year in year out. He also now has the services of James Doyle as he’s rerouted here from Meydan and it would be no surprise should he put in a taking display here.
There’s a whole host of battle hardened handicappers in the line up as you’d probably expect. Ripp Orf was a big player in many valuable handicaps last season and will be a popular each way pick with punters and this is the case for several contenders in the line up such as South Seas, Humbert and Beringer. I’ve took a chance on a couple to take on the warm favourite with and the first of these comes in the form of the David Barron trained KYNREN who was third in the Doncaster Mile at this meeting last year. After that he went on to prove himself as a solid performer in big field valuable handicaps which will serve him very well in a contest like this. He should have no problem with the trip here either and it would be no surprise to see him put in another solid showing in a big handicap. The other fancy comes in the form of the Irish raider SALTONSTALL who represents the Adrian McGuinness, he wasn’t seen to best effect in his last few efforts last season when with Mick Halford however he’s now only a couple of pounds higher from his last win which also came in a valuable handicap. If rediscovering that form here he’s a classy sort who will have a viable chance here. The ground is a slight concern.
EACH WAY: KYNREN (9/1)
EACH WAY: SALTONSTALL (10/1)
1.50 (Cammidge Trophy Stakes) – EQUILATERAL (7/2)
2.25 (Spring Mile Handicap) – SOD’S LAW (8/1) (E/W) – RAMPANT LION (9/1) (E/W)
3.00 (Doncaster Mile) – SHARJA BRIDGE (8/11)
3.35 (Lincoln Handicap) – KYNREN (9/1) (E/W) – SALTONSTALL (10/1) (E/W)