Betway Lincoln
Heritage Handicap
Doncaster 15:50
£100,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m, Class 2  
Saturday 28th March 2015

1 Gabrial 12/1
2 Mondialiste 25/1
3 Moohaarib 12/1
4 What About Carlo 20/1
5 Mange All 13/2
22 ran Distances: nk, 2l, 2½l
TIME 1m 39.62s (slow by 3.62s)

Gabrial wins the Lincoln for Richard Fahey & Tony Hamilton, taking the first big race of the flat season

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Richard Fahey's streetwise, but often unpredictable six-year-old was delivered with a precise challenge by Tony Hamilton to take the first major prize of the Flat turf season at odds of 12-1.

Mondialiste was a determined foe for the David O'Meara team, but once he was subdued, Gabrial was in pole position, eventually winning by a neck. Moohaarib finished third.

Hamilton said: "He needs a strong gallop and he stays well."

It was a second Lincoln in four years for Hamilton, Fahey, and owner Dr Marwan Koukash, and the latter was over the moon.

He said: "When I started off in racing I always wanted to win the big handicaps, Cesarewitch, Ayr Gold Cup and the Lincoln.

"When I first met Richard I asked what race he would like to win the most and he said it was this one. Now we've done it twice, so I'm delighted."

Fahey added: "They raced in a very tight pack and I wasn't sure he was going to get out in time. That's the first time I've ever seen him really pin his ears back and have a real go, as he's a bit of a character. Tony said he always felt like he was going to win.

"The only reason he was running over further last year was because after Mount Athos got injured, Marwan wanted a Melbourne Cup horse, but he didn't stay.

"He's a Listed winner and while I doubt he's getting better, we'll hatch a plan and see where we go. I presume it will be Chester."

At which point Koukash responded: "He'll go to the Huxley Stakes over 10 furlongs at Chester."

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Betway Lincoln (Heritage Handicap)
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 2
22 ran
Going: Good

Pos Draw Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (15) Gabrial (IRE) 12/1 T Hamilton
R A Fahey 6
2nd (6) nk Mondialiste (IRE) 25/1 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 5
3rd (19) 2 Moohaarib (IRE) 12/1 M Harley
M Botti 4
4th (12) What About Carlo (FR) 20/1 J Fortune
Eve Johnson Houghton 4
5th (7) nk Mange All 13/2 G Lee
W J Haggas 4
6th (18) hd Zarwaan 9/1 J Quinn
E A L Dunlop 4
7th (17) hd Jack's Revenge (IRE) 25/1 J P Spencer
George Baker 7
8th (11) ½ Baraweez (IRE) 14/1 C D Hayes
B Ellison 5
9th (16) 1 Tres Coronas (IRE) 33/1 S De Sousa
T D Barron 8
10th (21) ½ Gm Hopkins 6/1f R Havlin
J H M Gosden 4
11th (5) ¾ Bertiewhittle 40/1 Graham Gibbons
T D Barron 7
12th (14) ¾ Bronze Angel (IRE) 14/1 Louis Steward (3)
M P Tregoning 6
13th (4) ½ Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 14/1 S J Drowne
Martin Smith 5
14th (8) Robert The Painter (IRE) 33/1 Shelley Birkett (3)
D O'Meara 7
15th (13) ½ Don't Call Me (IRE) 40/1 P Mulrennan
D Nicholls 8
16th (10) s.h Ocean Tempest 25/1 Joe Doyle (5)
J Ryan 6
17th (22) 1 Gabrial's Kaka (IRE) 17/2 Jack Garritty (5)
R A Fahey 5
18th (1) Emell 66/1 K T O'Neill
R Hannon 5
19th (2) nk Belgian Bill 9/1 P J Smullen
George Baker 7
20th (3) ¾ Fire Ship 33/1 Kieran Shoemark (5)
W J Knight 6
21st (9) 2 Lincoln (IRE) 25/1 Charles Bishop
M R Channon 4
22nd (20) ¾ Boom And Bust (IRE) 66/1 Jordan Vaughan (5)
M P Tregoning 8