Lincoln Handicap

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Lincoln Handicap
Handicap race
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated1853
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Unibet
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance1 mile (1,609 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse£100,000 (2021)
1st: £46,386
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The Lincoln Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres) at Doncaster in late March or early April.

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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 betting purposes the two races form the Spring Double. The only jockey to have ever won both legs was Dave Dick in 1956.

History

An event called the Lincolnshire Handicap was established at Lincoln in 1849. It was run over a distance of 2 miles in August. [1]

The venue introduced the Lincoln Spring Handicap at a new fixture in March 1853. [2] The first two runnings were over 1½ miles, and it was shortened to a mile in 1855. [3] The summer race ended when the meeting was temporarily discontinued in the 1850s. The spring version was renamed the Lincolnshire Handicap in 1860. [4]

The race continued to be held at Lincoln until 1964. [5] It was transferred to Doncaster in 1965, following the closure of its former venue. From this point it was known as the Lincoln Handicap. [6]

The bookmaker William Hill supported the Lincoln Handicap for several years prior to 1997. The company started a new period of sponsorship in 2006 which ran until 2014, and from 2015 to 2017 the race was sponsored by the bookmakers Betway. In 2018, it was sponsored by 32Red and since 2019 Unibet have sponsored the race.

The names of the winning horses from 1926 (King of Clubs) to 1937 (Marmaduke Jinks) are used in the Waddingtons board game Totopoly.

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (4 wins):

Leading trainer (4 wins):

Winners since 1965

YearWinnerAgeWeightJockeyTrainer SP Time
1965Old Tom68-07 Scobie Breasley Peter Easterby 22/1
1966Riot Act48-03 Scobie Breasley F Armstrong8/1 F
1967Ben Novus57-10P RobinsonW Hide22/1
1968Frankincense49-05 Greville Starkey John Oxley100/8
1969Foggy Bell47-11Sandy Barclay Denys Smith 20/1
1970New Chapter48-01Sandy BarclayF Armstrong100/9
1971Double Cream48-09 Edward Hide Bill Elsey 30/1
1972Sovereign Bill68-12 Edward Hide Peter Robinson9/2 F
1973Bronze Hill47-09 Mark Birch Peter Easterby 50/1
1974Quizair67-13Taffy ThomasRyan Jarvis28/1
1975Southwark Star47-03 Richard Fox G Peter-Hoblyn33/1
1976The Hertford58-06 Geoff Lewis Brian Swift20/1
1977Blustery57-11D McKayR Smyly20/1
1978Captain's Wings57-10M WighamRon Boss13/2 F
1979Fair Season58-10 Greville Starkey Ian Balding 8/1
1980King's Ride48-12Geoff BaxterBill Wightman10/1
1981Saher58-12 Ray Cochrane Ron Sheather14/1
1982King's Glory48-03 Bryn Crossley Philip Mitchell11/1
1983Mighty Fly48-04 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth 14/1
1984Saving Mercy48-09 Walter Swinburn Dermot Weld 14/1
1985Cataldi49-10 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 10/1
1986K-Battery58-04John Lowe Bill Elsey 25/11:44.64
1987Star of a Gunner78-08 John Reid Richard Holder9/11:45.04
1988Cuvee Charlie48-01Mark RimmerHugh Collingridge33/11:46.00
1989Fact Finder57-09Tyrone WilliamsReg Akehurst20/11:37.48
1990Evichstar67-12 Alan Munro Jimmy FitzGerald33/11:38.90
1991Amenable68-01 Alex Greaves David Barron22/11:42.75
1992High Low48-00 Jimmy Quinn William Haggas 16/11:42.74
1993High Premium58-08 Kieren Fallon Lynda Ramsden16/11:37.90
1994Our Rita58-05 Darryll Holland Dr Jon Scargill16/11:37.97
1995Roving Minstrel48-03 Kevin Darley Bryan McMahon33/11:40.11
1996Stone Ridge48-07 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon Sr. 33/11:44.67
1997Kuala Lipis48-06 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 11/11:39.02
1998Hunters of Brora89-00 Jason Weaver James Bethell16/11:41.60
1999Right Wing59-05 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 9/2 F1:41.60
2000John Ferneley58-10 Jimmy Fortune Paul Cole 7/1 JF1:41.12
2001Nimello58-09 Jimmy Fortune Paul Cole 9/2 F1:46.68
2002Zucchero68-13Simon WhitworthDavid Arbuthnot33/11:45.44
2003Pablo48-11 Michael Hills Barry Hills 5/11:39.18
2004Babodana49-10 Philip Robinson Mark Tompkins 20/11:40.15
2005Stream of Gold49-00 Robert Winston Sir Michael Stoute 5/1 F1:38.18
2006Blythe Knight [lower-alpha 1] 68-10Graham GibbonsJohn Quinn22/11:44.33
2007Very Wise [lower-alpha 1] 58-11 Joe Fanning William Haggas 9/11:46.18
2008Smokey Oakey48-09 Jimmy Quinn Mark Tompkins 10/11:42.38
2009Expresso Star48-12 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 10/3 F1:36.51
2010Penitent49-02 Johnny Murtagh William Haggas 3/1 F1:43.31
2011Sweet Lightning69-04 Johnny Murtagh Michael Dods16/11:38.38
2012Brae Hill69-01Tony Hamilton Richard Fahey 25/11:37.36
2013Levitate58-04Darren EganJohn Quinn20/11:41.91
2014Ocean Tempest59-03 Adam Kirby John Ryan20/11:40.17
2015Gabrial69-00Tony Hamilton Richard Fahey 12/11:39.62
2016Secret Brief49-04 William Buick Charlie Appleby 12/11:46.25
2017Bravery49-01 Daniel Tudhope David O'Meara20/11:38.38
2018 Addeybb 49-02 James Doyle William Haggas 5/11:43.56
2019Auxerre49-02 James Doyle Charlie Appleby 5/2 F1:36.82
no race 2020 [lower-alpha 2]
2021Haqeeqy48-12Benoit de la Sayette John and Thady Gosden9/21:38.26
  1. 1 2 The race was run at Redcar in 2006 and Newcastle in 2007, both due to the temporary closure of Doncaster Racecourse as part of its redevelopment. [7]
  2. The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom [8]

Earlier winners

* The 1916 running took place at Lingfield Park.
** The 1942 run as "Northern Lincoln", 1943, 1944 and 1945 (run as "Substitute Lincoln") editions were held at Pontefract.

BBC Television televised the race from 1959 to 1964 inclusive.

See also

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References

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  8. "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.