Mar 29 2019
Lincoln Handicap Tips and Betting Offers, Doncaster, 30th March 2019
The wait is finally over for flat racing fans as this weekend’s Lincoln Handicap meeting once again heralds in the new season. It’s for this reason that the feature race of the day, which dates back to 1853, will be the talk of the town this Saturday. Once again we have another well attended renewal of the handicap featuring a maximum 22 runners as trainers across the country seek an early win to the fresh flat season.
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Lincoln Handicap Betting Tips and Offers
- Ripp Orf to win at 14/1 with BetVictor
- Chiefofchiefs each way at 25/1 with Coral
The favourites haven fared too poorly in this one mile contest over the years so let’s first start by examining the chances of the well fancied Auxerre (10/3, BetVictor). Given how strongly the four-year-old finished performed in 2018, it’s little surprise to see him being taken so seriously. Charlie Appleby’s horse has claimed victory on his last three outings although the most recent two came on artificial ground. Running on turf, the son of Iffraaj won only during an uncompetitive Class 5 affair and he may prove to be poor value for money as a result.
Since 2003, there’s only been one Lincoln winner who carried more than 9st 4lbs in weight. It’s a bad omen for Andrew Balding’s Zwayyan although his price has been cut significantly following a fine Class 2 win at Wolverhampton earlier this month. Much like Auxerre however, there are concerns if the six-year-old is able to replicate this kind of form on turf, especially in light of his five-pound penalty.
Despite ending last season in underwhelming fashion, odds of 10/1 (William Hill) suggest Saltonstall is not without hope of turning things around. Part of his appeal stems from his recent stable switch to Adrian McGuinness, who specialises in training older horses. The Irishman has enjoyed a fine patch of form the past few weeks and will be hoping that he can inspire his newly acquired horse to some improvements. There’s definitely reason to expect more from the smart handicapper but a place finish looks like being his limit here.
The same cannot be said for Ripp Orf (14/1, BetVictor) who has a tendency to shine in large fields. His record when competing in fields of 15+ reads a hugely impressive 2131. A horse able to managing his way through heavy traffic, the bay gelding has to be taken very seriously this weekend. His last start at Doncaster saw him disappointingly beaten while the 4/1 favourite over seven furlongs but excuses can be made. A return to a busier race will most definitely suit and his one mile record suggests the trip will also be ideal.
Chiefofchiefs (25/1, Coral) makes the step down in class this weekend after being unable to muster a challenge during Lingfield’s Winter Derby Stakes. Although completely unfancied for the Group 3 contest, Charlie Fellowes’ gelding was far from embarrassed but simply found himself outclassed on the day. He’s proven his worth during less high-level handicaps though, for instance when winning at Sandown on good going in May. The six-year-old’s record on such ground is a highly respectable one so Doncaster’s turf should help him perform at his best.