FLAT racing got off to a scintillating start, with our William Hill Lincoln meeting last weekend, one of the highlights of the racing calendar.
A record crowd headed to Town Moor for the meeting, making it one of the three best attended days of racing in the UK in the first quarter of 2012.
Punters were treated to a thrilling opening – the William Hill Spring Mile – a famous Heritage Handicap over a straight mile which traditionally begins the new flat racing season. The race is always a great start to the summer calendar, and a good consolation for those that didn’t quite make the list to run in the William Hill Lincoln.
And for anyone who backs an underdog it could well have been a profitable way to begin the flat season. 50/1 outsider Norse Blues shocked the field, clinching a stunning victory from second place Kyllachy Star – another well-priced horse at 25/1 – and Mont Ras at 10/1. Favourite Captain Bertie at 13/2 could only manage fourth place in the field of 22. Winner Norse Blues will have brought in an even tidier sum for those who backed it on the Tote. The payout was a massive £106 to the pound – not a bad way to start the day.
In the feature race of the opening day of the two-day meeting – Saturday’s William Hill Lincoln - we had a really exciting finish with Mull of Killough flying through the field, but coming up just short on the line to finish a gallant second to 25-1 shot Brae Hill. Trainer Richard Fahey will have been thrilled with that result for Brae Hill. Malton-based Fahey was, of course, a former trainer of second placed Mull of Killough, so to see it pip his own horse to the post would have been rather bitter-sweet. Thankfully Brae Hill did enough to hold off its competition.
To the delight of the bookies, it wasn’t until the 4.55pm on Saturday that the first favourite of the day came home in front, Qaraaba a 4/1 joint favourite heading Reachforthebucks at 5/1. The outsiders’ day continued though, with 33-1 shot West End Lad winning the 5.30pm.
Sunday’s action was more predictable, but no less enjoyable. The 1:35pm was a win for joint favourite Arizona John at 5/1, while favourite Born to Surprise (7/4) came in to clinch the second race. The surprise of the day was in the fourth race, with Colonel Mak coming in at 33/1 odds. It was followed by 20/1 outsider Advanced and King of Jazz, another outside bet at 10/1.
With the excitement of the Lincoln now behind us, we’re looking forward to the KAT Communications’ Cash Back race day on Friday, April 27. A new slant on our award-winning 2011 Free race day, tickets can be bought from just £5 with £5 back in vouchers, redeemable against food and drink at racecourse bars and food outlets on the day.
For more information about the race day, or to buy tickets for this or any other meeting or event, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call our box office on 01302 511 918.