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Edinburgh Knight may snatch Lincoln after being drawn with pace

| 30.03.2012

Being drawn near either rail is often a big aid in the Lincoln, but perhaps more importantly is being positioned on the side of the track where there is early pace and this could pave the way for Edinburgh Knight to claim victory at 10/1.

There does not seem an obvious front runner in the field this year, but Amitola is perhaps most likely to be one of the quickest away from stall three.

Also among the lower numbers are Field Of Dream and Eton Forever, both of whom ideally like to race prominently up with the pace.

Over against the other rail, there looks no likely pace setter among those drawn higher, meaning they may be playing catch up quite early.

Light From Mars is perhaps most likely to take them along on this side at a modest gallop, while Cocozza may be forced over from nearer the middle of the track.

However, there is the chance that given the horse is drawn centrally, jockey Joe Fanning may decide to latch onto the probable faster early speed.

This poses questions for Mull Of Killough, Start Right and Don’t Call Me, who all appear to have solid each-way chances, but look to be drawn on the wrong side of the track at Doncaster.

From stall two, Edinburgh Knight looks perfectly placed to benefit from the ideal run and arrives at Doncaster bidding to complete a hat-trick after fluent successes at Ascot and Kempton late last year.

Meanwhile, stamina looks no issue as he is a former winner of a race over a distance greater than a mile.

The only obvious weakness for Edinburgh Knight is in terms of weight as only one top weight has secured victory in the Lincoln since 1985, with this being Babodana in 2004.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.