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BetMGM Lincoln Trial Handicap

  • Prize money: £25770
  • 1m 0f 142y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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BetMGM Lincoln Trial Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 403-23

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in three AW starts early in 2023 and good efforts in defeat both outings this year, finishing second over 7f here before proving his stamina for 1m when third to Dear My Friend at Lingfield last Friday; his strength at the finish on that occasion suggests this longer trip should be within range; major player.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Kingdom Come

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

dwelt start, in rear on far side of group, headway and joined leader over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed towards finish

7/1

1st

3

(8)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kingdom Come

9st 8lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

ducked sharply left start, in rear

7/2

3rd

3

(9)

1st Mar 2024

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1m 0f 1y

Class 2

16:57 Lingfield (AW)

Kingdom Come

9st 6lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

Beaten for the first time on AW when second of eight at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago (7f) but that was still a sound effort on his return from seven months off; the market support for him suggested he was ready to roll but he could still take a step forward, especially with 1m around here looking likely to suit.

7/2

9/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 789-51 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Landed a competitive 1m Lingfield handicap (AW) last Easter off 5lb lower and bounced back to winning ways when leading towards the finish over 1m at Dundalk 15 days ago; this Irish raider is likely to be popular under Buick but the outside stall could make life awkward.

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9th

8

(11)

29th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Final Voyage

8st 10lb

J: David Probert

T: J P Murtagh

Landed the Vase Mile at Lingfield on Good Friday last year; beaten only narrowly by Kingdom Come at Wolverhampton most recently, producing a career-best effort; possibilities, despite career-high mark.

12/1

2nd

7

(11)

9th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Final Voyage

9st 0lb

J: William Buick

T: J P Murtagh

held up in rear

9/2

1st

3

(3)

23rd Feb 2024

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1m 0f 0y

16:05 Dundalk (AW)

Final Voyage

9st 8lb

J: Shane B Kelly

T: J P Murtagh

dwelt start, raced in last, headway from over 1f out, ran on to lead towards finish

11/2

14/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 40439-

Last run: 182 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Reached the frame in handicaps over 1m2f at Chelmsford (Polytrack) and 1m4f at Goodwood (soft) last August; stopped quickly in first-time cheekpieces (discarded) when tailed off in 1m4f Ascot handicap on final start; gelded ahead of this reappearance back down significantly in trip; others are more obvious.

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12th

9

(7)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Benacre

9st 1lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Johnston

Having been gelded he returned to form with 1l third on last month's reappearance at Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW); went close in Listed race here (7f, good) last May on sole previous run on the Rowley Mile and could be involved.

9/1

3rd

9

(5)

9th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Benacre

8st 13lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Charlie Johnston

dwelt start, soon prominent, led after 1f, headed 4f out

14/1

9th

3

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:10 Ascot

Benacre

9st 1lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Johnston

Became a touch exposed over 7f-1m but is unexposed over middle distances and ran well upped to 1m2f on AW two outings ago; soft ground possibly contributed to his subsequent defeat over 1m4f; could go well if aided by first-time headgear.

10/1

7/1

Form: 1-6311 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

The winner of six handicaps since joining David Evans last summer, four of them on AW, including over 1m at Southwell and Kempton in recent months; up to a mark in the 90s for the first time but it shouldn't prevent him playing a prominent role.

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7th

9

(10)

29th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Kings Code

8st 9lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: David Evans

Ties in with several of these opponents on 2024 form; met traffic issues on his way to finishing fourth at Wolverhampton (behind Kingdom Come and Final Voyage) last time; frame possibilities off same mark.

16/1

4th

8

(7)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kings Code

9st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: David Evans

in rear

7/1

Form: 21087-

Last run: 210 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Chased home Kingdom Come at Kempton last spring before winning quite a valuable 7f handicap at Haydock; found life tougher in some top-end handicaps on turf during the summer but he is back on a workable mark if reviving after a break (has good record fresh); stays 1m.

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4th

2

(8)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:40 Kempton (AW)

Rainbow Fire

9st 10lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Marco Botti

took keen hold, towards rear

13/2

5th

5

(2)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Rainbow Fire

9st 3lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Marco Botti

prominent, lost position but in touch with leaders after 1f

7/1

7th

8

(9)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Rainbow Fire

9st 7lb

J: Olivier Peslier

T: Marco Botti

Won at Haydock (7f, good) in April; possibly unsuited by soft going in the Victoria Cup here in May and never able to get beyond mid-division in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) four weeks ago but he did stick to his task; return to 1m (last five runs were 7f) is more than plausible and he could be interesting.

16/1

Form: 972-34

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Group 2 winner in 2022; seemingly not quite at that level nowadays but placed twice in 1m2f handicaps at Newcastle around the turn of the year and latest fourth in a 1m3f Southwell conditions event was another creditable effort.

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5th

8

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Sir Busker

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: William Knight

held up in rear, not clear run over 2f out, headway inside final furlong, nearest finish

16/1

6th

2

(3)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sir Busker

9st 10lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: William Knight

took keen hold, in rear

9/1

4th

4

(1)

25th Jan 2024

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1m 3f 23y

Class 2

13:00 Southwell (AW)

Sir Busker

9st 4lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

Group 2 winner in 2022; seemingly not quite at that level but has achieved smart RPRs when placed in 1m2f handicaps at Newcastle on his last two starts.

10/1

Form: 12-122 C BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Two 7f wins here this winter and proved he's as effective at 1m when narrowly denied by King's Code at Southwell in January; another creditable effort when second of six over 7f at Newcastle since; not discounted.

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7th

11

(1)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Smoky Mountain

8st 6lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Charlie Fellowes

led early, headed and in touch with leaders after 1f

7/1

2nd

2

(3)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Smoky Mountain

9st 9lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Charlie Fellowes

took keen hold, prominent

7/4

2nd

5

(10)

30th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Smoky Mountain

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Fellowes

soon prominent

7/2

Form: 8/100- D

Last run: 195 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Returned from wind surgery with a career best to win a 15-runner apprentice handicap over Ascot's straight 1m last May, but tailed off in two subsequent outings last summer; hard to know what to expect back from 195 days off.

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8th

6

(10)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Chasing Aphrodite

9st 1lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

dwelt start, towards rear

14/1

10th

1

(3)

27th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 23y

Class 2

16:20 Yarmouth

Chasing Aphrodite

10st 2lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

Underwent wind surgery prior to his successful return in a 15-runner apprentice handicap over Asccot's straight 1m, taking his record at that stage to 3-4 on turf (3-6 overall); not sure what went wrong when tailed off in the Royal Hunt Cup but he remains of interest, even off this high a mark.

20/1

OUR TIP

11/1

Form: 0516-5

Last run: 68 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Had been threatening to win a good race for a while and everything clicked when dropped back to 6f at Newcastle in November, keeping on strongly to win a Listed event; hasn't managed to reproduce that form in handicaps over 1m and 6f since; fifth in this off a similar mark last year and may find a few too strong again.

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9th

1

(4)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Tacarib Bay

9st 12lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

midfield

11/1

5th

1

(13)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

Tacarib Bay

9st 12lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Had been threatening to win a good race for a while and everything clicked when dropped back to 6f here in November, keeping on strongly to win a Listed event; keen and suffered a messy trip in the home straight in a 1m handicap at Chelmsford 18 days ago; 2-2 over 6f and a well-run race at this trip could prompt further progress.

10/1

6th

1

(7)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Tacarib Bay

9st 13lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Hannon

took keen hold, prominent

6/1

Form: 1254-1

Last run: 31 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Hasn't finished outside the first three in five AW starts, gaining a second win on an artificial surface when shading a tight finish on his 1m Kempton reappearance a month ago; only nudged up 1lb and his leading stable has won this race twice since 2019.

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10th

10

(9)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sudden Ambush

8st 7lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, prominent, raced wide and disputed lead after 1f, led 4f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased inside final 110yds

10/1

1st

7

(7)

7th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Sudden Ambush

8st 10lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Below par over 1m1f when last seen; has a solid record over 1m when racing on a suitable surface and he's less exposed on AW than on turf; form figures in this sphere read 3312; one to consider.

8/1

4th

7

(8)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 3

17:55 Newmarket

Sudden Ambush

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Likely unsuited by soft ground last time; generally progressive in his races at 1m otherwise this year, winning three times; has something to prove back up in trip (seemed a non-stayer in 1m1f/1m2f attempts).

5/1

20/1

Form: 111-60

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

A major success story for connections last winter, winning seven times and rising 40lb up the handicap; two low-key runs since returning from an absence but he has dipped to his last successful mark and his connections have winning form in this race.

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14th

10

(14)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Zealot

8st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Michael Appleby

Did extremely well in the winter of 2022-23, winning seven times; form has dipped sharply this year, following a layoff, and still needs to prove he retains all of his ability; opposed.

33/1

11th

4

(6)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Zealot

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Michael Appleby

dwelt start, soon in touch with leaders

20/1

10th

3

(10)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:22 Lingfield (AW)

Zealot

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Michael Appleby

A major success story for connections last winter, winning seven times and rising 40lb up the handicap; low-key return from an 11-month absence at Wolverhampton 13 days ago and not easily recommended on the back of that, even with Oisin Murphy booked.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £193.00
Straight Forecast £211.10
Tricast £1392.80
Trifecta £1415.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Kingdom Come

NEWMARKET:

Smoky Mountain

TOPSPEED:

Tacarib Bay

Telegraph:

Smoky Mountain

The Star:

Smoky Mountain

RP RATINGS:

Kingdom Come

LAMBOURN:

Kingdom Come

D Express:

Kingdom Come

The Sun:

Kingdom Come