Time may show that the first two horses home in this year’s 32Red Lincoln Handicap are more than capable of mixing it in more exalted company, as class rose to the top in the one mile contest with 5-1 second favourite Addeybb coming home alone from top weight and 9-2 market leader Lord Glitters.
With only five runs to his name the easy two and three quarter length winner was the most unexposed runner in the 20-runner historic handicap and the mount of James Doyle showed himself to be a good deal better than a 99-rated handicapper. The Sandown Mile is next port of call for the William Haggas-trained son of Pivotal next month as handicaps are now out of the equation for the four-year-old gelding.
The soft ground on Town Moor looked ideal for the David O’Meara-trained Lord Glitters who was the subject of a sustained gamble after being available at 8-1 earlier in the week and while the ex-French grey proved no match for the winner the concession of 8lb to Addeybb was probably asking the impossible of Daniel Tudhope’s mount who stayed on strongly to snatch second place close home.
The first two both look to have successful seasons ahead of them, as does Perfect Picture who took the opening Unibet Cammidge Trophy for trainer Michael Easterby. Winner of two of his final three starts last season the eight-year-old relished the testing ground in beating Mr Lupton by an eased down length and a quarter and will be a force to be reckoned with when conditions suit.
The other major race on the card, the Listed Unibet Doncaster Mile Stakes went to the 10-11 favourite Zabeel Prince and jockey Andrea Atzeni, who said of the son of Lope de Vega: “ He hasn’t run for a long time and we didn’t want to give him too hard of a race. He’s a better horse with a lead, as well, so to make the running all the way was pretty good for a horse like him. As long as it’s not firm, he’ll be better on good ground.”