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Oppose favourites Eton Forever and Fury in the Lincoln betting

| 27.03.2012

Eton Forever is the 6/1 favourite to win the Lincoln, but there seem big reasons to go against him and fellow market leader Fury for the curtain raiser to the Flat season.

Trainer Roger Varian believes that Eton Forever is suited to the demands of the Doncaster contest, especially as it is over a flat 1m.

However, he appreciates that the horse faces a tough ask off his current handicap mark of 103, which is primarily as a result of his Doncaster success last year in the Spring Mile.

This mark means that Eton Forever has been allocated 9st5lb for the Lincoln and only one horse has carried this weight to success in the past ten years, while none of the last ten Lincoln winners had previously triumphed at Doncaster.

Next in the horse racing odds for the Lincoln is Fury at 8/1 and to many this will look an attractive price if the horse is able to reproduce some of his older form.

Fury finished fifth behind Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas last season, but his form petered out from that moment on.

Furthermore, trainer William Haggas has a fine record in the Lincoln, saddling the winner in two of the five years.

But, the weather forecast is not looking good for Fury, who would much prefer soft ground.

There is no rain expected at Doncaster and the warm temperatures could even ensure conditions will be good to firm by race day.

Mia’s Boy is 16/1 and is another who may draw support having slipped to a lower handicap mark that when finishing fourth in the race in 2009 and then sixth the following year.

But the mount of claimer Raul De Silva is a third horse to oppose as not since 1998 has a horse aged over six won the Lincoln and Mia’s Boy is now an eight-year-old.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.