William Hill Lincoln
Heritage Handicap, Doncaster
£100,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 2
Saturday 29th March 2014

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1 Ocean Tempest 20/1
2 Tullius 7/1JF
3 Robert The Painter 25/1
4 Sweet Lightning 11/1
NR: Bronze Angel (IRE), Burano (IRE), Captain Cat (IRE), Norse Blues, One Word More (IRE)
17 ran Distances: 1¾l, ½l, nse
TIME 1m 40.17s (slow by 3.37s)

Ocean Tempest, fresh from a spell in Dubai, ran out a shock 20-1 winner of the turf Flat season's first big race, the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster.

Ocean Tempest
© Racehorse Photos
Ocean Tempest

The five-year-old grey, trained by John Ryan in Newmarket, won on his last three starts in the UK at the back-end of last season but has had six runs at Meydan this year without making much impact.

Tullius
© Racehorse Photos

Tullius
Ridden by Adam Kirby, he held off the persistent challenge of the well-fancied joint-favourite Tullius to score by a length and three-quarters, with Robert The Painter third and Sweet Lightning fourth.

Ryan said: "We ran him in the consolation race last year, but he wasn't ready. This was always his aim. He paid his way in Dubai but we thought he was a bit high in the weights for this, but we knew this ground was his thing. I couldn't believe how good it was when I walked it.

"My father (former trainer Mick) landed plenty of touches in big races, but he said we'd done it the wrong way round by laying one out for a race by getting it to the top of the handicap.

"It's been a dream to win a big race like this. We're a small stable, we have 20 horses in training, we always average more than that in winners. We backed him. I was confident because I thought he was relatively fresh, which might sound stupid.

"His lead horse (Tenor) won at 20-1 at Lingfield on Friday, which gave us even more confidence."

Kirby added: "He's a perfect little horse for the job and he loved the ground. When I asked him, he dug deep. I'm chuffed to bits with him. He's a decent horse on his day."

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William Hill Lincoln (Heritage Handicap)
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 2
17 ran
Going: Soft


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Ocean Tempest
J Ryan
A Kirby
9st 3lbs
20 - 1
Winner
2
Tullius
A M Balding
Oisin Murphy
9st 10lbs
7 - 1
1 3/4 length
3
Robert The Painter
D O'Meara
Julie Burke
8st 10lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
4
Sweet Lightning
D O'Meara
D Tudhope
8st 13lbs
11 - 1
Nose
5
Off Art
T D Easterby
D Allan
8st 8lbs
7 - 1
1/2 length
6
Gabrial's Kaka
R A Fahey
T Hamilton
8st 10lbs
8 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
7
Jack's Revenge
George Baker
D Sweeney
8st 10lbs
16 - 1
Head
8
Tres Coronas
T D Barron
G Gibbons
8st 11lbs
16 - 1
Neck
9
Spa's Dancer
J M P Eustace
Ryan Tate
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
10
Hi There
R A Fahey
George Chaloner
8st 13lbs
16 - 1
1 length
11
Whispering Warrior
D M Simcock
R Winston
8st 11lbs
11 - 1
5 lengths
12
Balty Boys
B Ellison
D Swift
8st 10lbs
25 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
13
Consign
J Noseda
G Lee
8st 10lbs
10 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
14
Unsinkable
Jonjo O'Neill
Jason Hart
8st 10lbs
25 - 1
1 3/4 length
15
Levitate
J J Quinn
Joe Doyle
9st 7lbs
9 - 1
1 1/4 length
16
Mezzotint
S C Williams
P Mulrennan
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
8 lengths
17
Chookie Royale
K Dalgleish
T Eaves
9st 13lbs
22 - 1
19 lengths
NR
One Word More
C Hills
T P Queally
8st 12lbs
-
NR
Burano
B J Meehan
J Fortune
9st 1lbs
-
NR
Captain Cat
R Charlton
Non Runner
9st 0lbs
-
NR
Bronze Angel
M P Tregoning
Non Runner
8st 11lbs
-
NR
Norse Blues
T D Barron
Non Runner
8st 10lbs
-
       

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