The traditional flat turf season in Great Britain begins this weekend, with the Betway Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster Racecourse. A total of 91 horses stand their ground following the most recent elimination stage, with the sponsors Betway pricing Morando, trained by Roger Varian as the 5/1 ante post favourite.
Others high in the betting with Betway include Roger Charlton’s Yuften, winner of last season’s Balmoral Handicap at Ascot on British Champions Day, Sacred Act trained by John Gosden and Nimr, last seen when victorious in the Lincoln Trial for Richard Fahey and Al Shaqab Racing at Wolverhampton earlier this month.
Betway’s Alan Alger, said: “At the five-day declarations stage, Roger Varian’s Morando heads the market for this year’s Betway Lincoln at 5/1. The lightly-raced four-year-old was impressive last season, winning three of his five starts, and could have plenty more to offer.
“Balmoral Handicap winner Yuften is next in at 7/1. He’s maybe a little more exposed than others, but is certainly one of the most proven performers in the field.
“John Gosden’s Scared Act (10/1) and the Al Shaqab-owned Nimr (11/1) add to the mix of what looks a strong and fiercely competitive curtain raiser for the Flat season.”
The £100,000 Betway Lincoln Handicap, run over a mile and broadcast live by ITV Racing and will feature a new trophy in 2017. The new perpetual trophy and winners replicas have been designed by Sheffield based silversmith Chris Perry and uses iconic images of Doncaster Racecourse along with those of Lincoln Cathedral and the Fleur de Lys from the city’s flag.
The trophy which forms part of a series of commissions to create race day memorabilia for Doncaster Racecourse was designed by Chris Knight and Karen Perry and manufactured by Chris Perry. It is formed from copper, silver plated and then oxidised to emphasise the visually intricate graphic design. Elements from this design will also be featured in other trophies for the Lincoln Race Meeting to create a uniform collection.
“This perpetual trophy represents a new vigour for the Lincoln Handicap and meeting at Doncaster in 2017 as we work with our partners to elevate the status of the occasion in the racing calendar,” said Roderick Duncan Clerk of the Course Doncaster Racecourse.
“I believe this is one of the strongest renewals for quite some years, it will be a pleasure to present this trophy to our 2017 winner.”
As well as the Betway Lincoln, the meeting also features the first two year old flat race of the turf season, The Brocklesby Conditions Stakes as well as the Listed Doncaster Mile and Cammidge Trophy, all also sponsored by Betway. There will be a total of £239,000 of prize money on offer.
Gates for the 2017 Betway Lincoln open at 12 noon and the first race is scheduled for 1.50pm. The final race is at 5.20pm. All children under 18 receive free entry to the course when accompanied with a paying adult.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.