DONCASTER will be “back in the mood” for racing when the William Hill Lincoln meeting gets under way tomorrow. So says the town’s clerk of the course, Jon Pullin.
The Flat season gets off the ground and the whole region is ready for it the £100,000 main event and £40,000 Spring Mile.
“The Lincoln is a high profile race in itself as well as the start of the Flat season it really gets people back in the mood of racing, certainly in the Doncaster area” says Pullin. “It is well supported, the public look forward to it knowing they have got a good season of Flat racing ahead.”
The season runs until November and Pullin says there is an active philosophy to try and attract new people to the sport.
“Over the last few years we have had post-racing concerts, for example Madness are playing (June 30) at Doncaster, hopefully that will bring in a few Madness fans who have never been to the races before. If they enjoy the racing, hopefully they come back on a day when there isn’t a concert.”
Pullin says: “It is an interesting race, there is Sweet Lightning that won last year...it’s an open contest.”
Top-weight and previous winner Penitent is a notable absentee at the declaration stage.
The six-year-old’s trainer David O’Meara said earlier in the week his charge was not a definite runner on Town Moor and is instead set for a trip to France to contest the Prix Edmond Blanc at Saint-Cloud on Sunday.
O’Meara said: “He’ll be declared for Saint-Cloud and, provided the ground is all right, he’ll run there.
“We just thought it would be a big ask to run with top weight in the Lincoln.”
The big-race sponsors have cut the market-leading Eton Forever to 5-1.
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