William Haggas on track for a Lincoln double bid, but well-fancied Cambridgeshire winner to miss out.
Al Mubhir, the pre-post favourite for Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap (3.35 Doncaster), was one of 69 confirmed bets, but Majestic, the Cambridgeshire winner from last season, is not guaranteed a start.
When Lattam stormed home to win the Irish Lincolnshire on Saturday, trainer William Haggas, who trains Al Mubhir, completed the first leg of the Lincoln double and hopes for a famous double.
Al Mubhir, who won a competitive handicap at Haydock in October but hasn’t been seen since, is expected to weigh 9st 2lb in the £77,310 race on Saturday.
However, in a race with a maximum field of 22, Majestic’s connections will need a little luck with the five-year-old number 27 on the list. Majestic is a general 10-1 shot.
When Majestic won the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket in September, he became Mick Channon’s final big-race winner. His son Jack had hoped that Majestic would serve as a springboard for a successful campaign.
Despite the appearances of Muraad, Great Max, Magical Morning, and ante-post fancy Akhu Najla at the five-day stage, he still needs five horses to win.
After a successful winter campaign at Meydan with Dubai World Cup runner-up Algiers, Simon and Ed Crisford will be looking to Awaal to kick off their British season in style. In 2022, they had their best season together.
He won two of his four beginnings in his presentation season, effectively handling a Redcar handicap on his last run of the year. Given that his Redcar victory came on heavy ground, his connections will be pleased by a wet forecast since he has been gelded over the winter.
Al Dasim and George Boughey both had successful winters in the Middle East. Baradar, who won his first start for the stable in November over seven furlongs at Doncaster, is another well-known name in the ante-post market.
He was trained by Johnny Murtagh in the past and was intended for events like the Buckingham Palace Stakes and the Ahonoora Handicap at Galway last summer. Despite his reassessed mark, Boughey will hope that he can cause some damage.
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