Ballard Down tipped to land Lincoln Handicap glory at Doncaster
Saturday 24th March, 2018 - 3:35pm Doncaster - Lincoln Handicap
Flat racing fans are licking their lips at the prospect of the new season, and it will click into first gear on Saturday afternoon, as the traditional curtain-raiser, the Lincoln Handicap, will take centre stage at Doncaster, and as is always the case it should prove to be a hugely competitive affair for punters to get stuck into.
- Bravery won this race in 2017
- The last seven winners have been priced 10/1 or bigger
- The last four winners have carried 9st or more to victory
|Saturday - 3.35pm||Odds||Bets|
|Ballard Down to win Best Bet||14/1|
Michael Bell's Fire Brigade has been popular in the betting this week, and is now the 11/2 favourite with William Hill to land this prize, and with Ryan Moore booked for the ride then it would be no surprise to see him attract support in the lead-up to the race, but he will need to build on his win at Leicester at the back end of last season, and others make more appeal.
David O'Meara's Lord Glitters may have the burden of top weight, but he has proven that he is a class act in these sort of races, and at 8/1 with Ladbrokes could be a solid each-way option, while Addeybb was last seen winning the Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket, and at 6/1 with Coral makes the most appeal of the top few in the betting, as he could be one looking to launch into Group company this season.
Big Country comes into the race on the back of a win at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, so while his race fitness is sure to help him, he will have to carry a penalty for that success, and while the 12/1 chance with William Hill must go close, he may just find or two more attractively handlcapped runners getting the better of him,
Ballard Down The Selection
William Knight's Ballard Down is another horse on the upgrade, and the five-year-old was last seen in July beating Master The World in a competitive handicap, and if he can emulate that sort of display then the 14/1 with William Hill for him to land this prize is far too big to let go.
He was a fine three-and-a-half length winner that day at Flat HQ, which came in soft going, and with testing conditions likely to catch a few contenders out on Saturday, it's Knight's charge that can relish the underfoot conditions, and he is a great bet to land this prestigious race on Town Moor.
Best Of The Rest
Bravery won this race 12 months ago, and he will aim to retain his crown off bottom weight, and has to be considered at 16/1 with Betfred, while the likes of Mitchum Swagger, Chelsea Lad and Leader Writer, all 16/1, all add more depth to the 1m feature which is sure to be a devilishly difficult betting conundrum for punters.