Lincoln Handicap

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Lincoln Handicap
Handicap race
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1853
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor William Hill
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £100,000 (2014)
1st: £62,250
Lincoln Handicap
2014
Royal blue, light blue stars on sleeves Navy blue, red and light blue hoop and armlets, white cap Red, white stripe, armlets and star on cap
Ocean Tempest Tullius Robert The Painter

The Lincoln Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds 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.

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.

History[edit]

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.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

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

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Charlie MaidmentIndigestion (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[edit]

  • 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 1010 10/1
1981 Saher 5 8-12 Ray Cochrane Ron Sheather 1014 14/1
1982 King's Glory 4 8-03 Bryn Crossley Philip Mitchell 1011 11/1
1983 Mighty Fly 4 8-04 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth 1014 14/1
1984 Saving Mercy 4 8-09 Walter Swinburn Dermot Weld 1014 14/1
1985 Cataldi 4 9-10 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1010 10/1
1986 K-Battery 5 8-04 John Lowe Bill Elsey 1025 25/1 1:44.64
1987 Star of a Gunner 7 8-08 John Reid Richard Holder 1009 9/1 1:45.04
1988 Cuvee Charlie 4 8-01 Mark Rimmer Hugh Collingridge 1033 33/1 1:46.00
1989 Fact Finder 5 7-09 Tyrone Williams Reg Akehurst 1020 20/1 1:37.48
1990 Evichstar 6 7-12 Alan Munro Jimmy FitzGerald 1033 33/1 1:38.90
1991 Amenable 6 8-01 Alex Greaves David Barron 1022 22/1 1:42.75
1992 High Low 4 8-00 Jimmy Quinn William Haggas 1016 16/1 1:42.74
1993 High Premium 5 8-08 Kieren Fallon Lynda Ramsden 1016 16/1 1:37.90
1994 Our Rita 5 8-05 Darryll Holland Dr Jon Scargill 1016 16/1 1:37.97
1995 Roving Minstrel 4 8-03 Kevin Darley Bryan McMahon 1033 33/1 1:40.11
1996 Stone Ridge 4 8-07 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon, Sr. 1033 33/1 1:44.67
1997 Kuala Lipis 4 8-06 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1011 11/1 1:39.02
1998 Hunters of Brora 8 9-00 Jason Weaver James Bethell 1016 16/1 1:41.60
1999 Right Wing 5 9-05 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 1004.5 9/2 F 1:41.60
2000 John Ferneley 5 8-10 Jimmy Fortune Paul Cole 1007 7/1 JF 1:41.12
2001 Nimello 5 8-09 Jimmy Fortune Paul Cole 1004.5 9/2 F 1:46.68
2002 Zucchero 6 8-13 Simon Whitworth David Arbuthnot 1033 33/1 1:45.44
2003 Pablo 4 8-11 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1005 5/1 1:39.18
2004 Babodana 4 9-10 Philip Robinson Mark Tompkins 1020 20/1 1:40.15
2005 Stream of Gold 4 9-00 Robert Winston Sir Michael Stoute 1005 5/1 F 1:38.18
2006 Blythe Knight [a] 6 8-10 Graham Gibbons John Quinn 1022 22/1 1:44.33
2007 Very Wise [b] 5 8-11 Joe Fanning William Haggas 1009 9/1 1:46.18
2008 Smokey Oakey 4 8-09 Jimmy Quinn Mark Tompkins 1010 10/1 1:42.38
2009 Expresso Star 4 8-12 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1003.3333333333 10/3 F 1:36.51
2010 Penitent 4 9-02 Johnny Murtagh William Haggas 1003 3/1 F 1:43.31
2011 Sweet Lightning 6 9-04 Johnny Murtagh Michael Dods 1016 16/1 1:38.38
2012 Brae Hill 6 9-01 Tony Hamilton Richard Fahey 1025 25/1 1:37.36
2013 Levitate 5 8-04 Darren Egan John Quinn 1020 20/1 1:41.91
2014 Ocean Tempest 5 9-03 Adam Kirby John Ryan 1020 20/1 1:40.17

a b The race was run at Redcar in 2006 and Newcastle in 2007.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 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
  • 1924: Sir Gallahad
  • 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 1942 run as "Northern Lincoln", 1943, 1944 and 1945 (run as "Substitute Lincoln") editions were held at Pontefract.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1849 Lincolnshire Handicap". Ruff's Guide to the Turf for 1850. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "1853 Lincoln Spring Handicap". Ruff's Guide to the Turf for 1854. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "1855 Lincoln Spring Handicap". Ruff's Guide to the Turf for 1855 (Autumn Supplement). Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "1860 Lincolnshire Handicap". Ruff's Guide to the Turf for 1861. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "1964 Lincolnshire Handicap". Glasgow Herald. 18 March 1964. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "1965 Lincoln Handicap". Glasgow Herald. 24 March 1965. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 


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