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Lincoln Handicap

Handicap race
Lincoln Handicap
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1853
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor William Hill
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £125,000 (2010)
1st: £77,888

The Lincoln Handicap is a flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to Thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late March or early April.

It is a handicap race, and it is traditionally the feature event on the first Saturday of Britain's turf flat racing season. It usually takes place one or two weeks before the Grand National, and for gambling purposes the two races form the "Spring Double".

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History

A race called the Lincolnshire Handicap with a distance of 2 miles was first run at Lincoln in August 1849. The venue introduced a new fixture in 1853, which was initially scheduled for February and later moved to March. This included the Lincoln Spring Handicap, an event contested over 1½ miles in its first two years and over a mile thereafter. The summer version ended when the meeting was temporarily discontinued in 1857, and the spring race was renamed the Lincolnshire Handicap in 1859.

The title was shortened to the Lincoln Handicap in 1965, when the race was transferred to Doncaster following the closure of its original venue. The bookmaker William Hill supported the event for several years prior to 1997, and began a new period of sponsorship in 2006.

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Ob – 1906, 1907
  • Babur – 1957, 1958

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Charlie Maidment – Indigestion (1868), Royal Rake (1870), Guy Dayrell (1872), Vestminster (1873)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Jack Robinson – Clorane (1896), Winkfield's Pride (1897), Prince Barcaldine (1898), Cinderello (1910)

Winners since 1980

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

SP

Time
1980 King's Ride 4 8-12 Geoff Baxter Bill Wightman 010.0010/1
1981 Saher 5 8-12 Ray Cochrane Ron Sheather 014.0014/1
1982 King's Glory 4 8-03 Bryn Crossley Philip Mitchell 011.0011/1
1983 Mighty Fly 4 8-04 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth 014.0014/1
1984 Saving Mercy 4 8-09 Walter Swinburn Dermot Weld 014.0014/1
1985 Cataldi 4 9-10 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 010.0010/1
1986 K-Battery 5 8-04 John Lowe Bill Elsey 025.0025/1 1:44.64
1987 Star of a Gunner 7 8-08 John Reid Richard Holder 009.009/1 1:45.04
1988 Cuvee Charlie 4 8-01 Mark Rimmer Hugh Collingridge 033.0033/1 1:46.00
1989 Fact Finder 5 7-09 Tyrone Williams Reg Akehurst 020.0020/1 1:37.48
1990 Evichstar 6 7-12 Alan Munro Jimmy FitzGerald 033.0033/1 1:38.90
1991 Amenable 6 8-01 Alex Greaves David Barron 022.0022/1 1:42.75
1992 High Low 4 8-00 Jimmy Quinn William Haggas 016.0016/1 1:42.74
1993 High Premium 5 8-08 Kieren Fallon Lynda Ramsden 016.0016/1 1:37.90
1994 Our Rita 5 8-05 Darryll Holland Dr Jon Scargill 016.0016/1 1:37.97
1995 Roving Minstrel 4 8-03 Kevin Darley Bryan McMahon 033.0033/1 1:40.11
1996 Stone Ridge 4 8-07 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon 033.0033/1 1:44.67
1997 Kuala Lipis 4 8-06 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 011.0011/1 1:39.02
1998 Hunters of Brora 8 9-00 Jason Weaver James Bethell 016.0016/1 1:41.60
1999 Right Wing 5 9-05 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 004.509/2 F 1:41.60
2000 John Ferneley 5 8-10 Jimmy Fortune Paul Cole 007.007/1 JF 1:41.12
2001 Nimello 5 8-09 Jimmy Fortune Paul Cole 004.509/2 F 1:46.68
2002 Zucchero 6 8-13 Simon Whitworth David Arbuthnot 033.0033/1 1:45.44
2003 Pablo 4 8-11 Michael Hills Barry Hills 005.005/1 1:39.18
2004 Babodana 4 9-10 Philip Robinson Mark Tompkins 020.0020/1 1:40.15
2005 Stream of Gold 4 9-00 Robert Winston Sir Michael Stoute 005.005/1 F 1:38.18
2006 Blythe Knight [1] 6 8-10 Graham Gibbons John Quinn 022.0022/1 1:44.33
2007 Very Wise [1] 5 8-11 Joe Fanning William Haggas 009.009/1 1:46.18
2008 Smokey Oakey 4 8-09 Jimmy Quinn Mark Tompkins 010.0010/1 1:42.38
2009 Expresso Star 4 8-12 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 003.3310/3 F 1:36.51
2010 Penitent 4 9-02 Johnny Murtagh William Haggas 003.003/1 F 1:43.31

1 The race was run at Redcar in 2006, and at Newcastle in 2007.

Earlier winners

  • 1853 – Caurire
  • 1854 – Georgey
  • 1855 – Saucebox
  • 1856 – Flageolet
  • 1857 – Huntingdon
  • 1858 – Vandermulin
  • 1859 – Bel Esperanza
  • 1860 – Vigo
  • 1861 – Benbow
  • 1862 – Suburban
  • 1863 – Manrico
  • 1864 – Benjamin
  • 1865 – Gaily
  • 1866 – Treasure Trove
  • 1867 – Vandervelde
  • 1868 – Indigestion
  • 1869 – Sycee
  • 1870 – Royal Rake
  • 1871 – Vulcan
  • 1872 – Guy Dayrell
  • 1873 – Vestminster
  • 1874 – Tomahawk
  • 1875 – The Gunner
  • 1876 – Controversy
  • 1877 – Footstep
  • 1878 – Kaleidoscope
  • 1879 – Touchet
  • 1880 – Rosy Cross
  • 1881 – Buchanan
  • 1882 – Poulet
  • 1883 – Knight of Burghley
  • 1884 – Tonans
  • 1885 – Bendigo
  • 1886 – Fulmen
  • 1887 – Oberon
  • 1888 – Veracity
  • 1889 – Wise Man
  • 1890 – The Rejected
  • 1891 – Lord George
  • 1892 – Clarence
  • 1893 – Wolf's Crag
  • 1894 – Le Nicham
  • 1895 – Euclid
  • 1896 – Clorane
  • 1897 – Winkfield's Pride
  • 1898 – Prince Barcaldine
  • 1899 – General Peace
  • 1900 – Sir Geoffrey
  • 1901 – Little Eva
  • 1902 – St Maclou
  • 1903 – Over Norton
  • 1904 – Uninsured
  • 1905 – Sansovino
  • 1906 – Ob
  • 1907 – Ob
  • 1908 – Kaffir Chief
  • 1909 – Duke of Sparta
  • 1910 – Cinderello
  • 1911 – Mercutio
  • 1912 – Long Set
  • 1913 – Berrilldon
  • 1914 – Outram
  • 1915 – View Law
  • 1916 – Clap Gate *
  • 1917–18 – no race
  • 1919 – Royal Bucks
  • 1920 – Furious
  • 1921 – Soranus
  • 1922 – Granely
  • 1923 – White Bud
  • 1925 – Tapin
  • 1926 – King of Clubs
  • 1927 – Priory Park
  • 1928 – Dark Warrior
  • 1929 – Elton
  • 1930 – Leonidas
  • 1931 – Knight Error
  • 1932 – Jerome Fandor
  • 1933 – Dorigen
  • 1934 – Play On
  • 1935 – Flamenco
  • 1936 – Over Coat
  • 1937 – Marmaduke Jinks
  • 1938 – Phakos
  • 1939 – Squadron Castle
  • 1940 – Quartier-Maitre
  • 1941 – Gloaming
  • 1942 – Cuerdley *
  • 1943 – Lady Electra *
  • 1944 – Backbite *
  • 1945 – Double Harness
  • 1946 – Langton Abbot
  • 1947 – Jockey Treble
  • 1948 – Commissar
  • 1949 – Fair Judgement
  • 1950 – Dramatic
  • 1951 – Barnes Park
  • 1952 – Phariza
  • 1953 – Sailing Light
  • 1954 – Nahar
  • 1955 – Military Court
  • 1956 – Three Star
  • 1957 – Babur
  • 1958 – Babur
  • 1959 – Marshal Pil
  • 1960 – Mustavon
  • 1961 – Johns Court
  • 1962 – Hill Royal
  • 1963 – Monawin
  • 1964 – Mighty Gurkha
  • 1965 – Old Tom
  • 1966 – Riot Act
  • 1967 – Ben Novus
  • 1968 – Frankincense
  • 1969 – Foggy Bell
  • 1970 – New Chapter
  • 1971 – Double Cream
  • 1972 – Sovereign Bill
  • 1973 – Bronze Hill
  • 1974 – Quizair
  • 1975 – Southwark Star
  • 1976 – The Hertford
  • 1977 – Blustery
  • 1978 – Captain's Wings
  • 1979 – Fair Season

* The 1916 running took place at Lingfield Park.
* The race was held at Pontefract during the period 1942–44.

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1853 – this race is included under its original title, Lincoln Spring Handicap.

References


  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 10. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 



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