Tip For Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap: Glitters A Golden Bet For Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap
With soft ground almost certain for Saturday’s 32Red Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster the David O’Meara-trained Lord Glitters looks the one to beat with conditions to suit.
Seventy three horses remain in the mix for Saturday’s 32Red Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster, the first major race of the 2018 Turf Flat racing season and with the ground currently riding soft on Town Moor conditions are going to favour those with a preference for plenty cut in the ground.
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One entry who will relish the forecast going is the David O’Meara-trained Lord Glitters who must take plenty of beating in the one mile handicap.
The five-year-old won four races in his native France before joining his current trainer, showing a liking for soft to heavy ground on three occasions, and after looking an unlucky runner-up on his debut for O’Meara in a valuable handicap at Ascot in October, went one better two weeks later in the £250k Balmoral Handicap back at the royal racecourse, run on soft ground.
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The grey son of Whipper was unable to follow up on his final start of the season when going down by a neck to Brave Zolo in a Listed contest at Newmarket. Raised just 5lb for his Ascot victory Lord Glitters could still prove ahead of the handicapper and with conditions to suit looks good value at the 8-1 currently available.
Newmarket trainer William Haggas has won the Lincoln twice during the last eleven years with Very Wise in 2007 and Penitent three years later and has a strong candidate this year with Addeybb ( 10-1 Ladbrokes ) who has won three of his five starts, the two defeats coming on soft ground at Newbury and Ascot. The other horse who has attracted plenty of interest in the ante-post market is Fire Brigade ( 10-1 Paddy Power ) from the Michael Bell stable and the mount of Ryan Moore. The four-year-old is another who should relish the soft ground and rates the biggest danger to the selection although Lord Glitters possesses the greater potential of the two and could go on to prove better than a handicapper.