Betway Lincoln
Heritage Handicap
£100,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m, Class 2   
Saturday 2nd April 2016

1 Secret Brief 12/1
2 Bravo Zolo 12/1
3 Battle Of Marathon 50/1
4 Birdman 14/1
5 Man Of Harlech 10/1
22 ran Distances: nk, ½l, ¾l
TIME 1m 46.25s (slow by 10.25s)

Charlie Appleby's Secret Brief fit from Dubai, sticks his neck out to win on heavy ground for Godolphin

Secret Brief
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Secret Brief

Secret Brief came with a rattling run inside the final furlong to claim the Betway Lincoln at Doncaster.

Wearing the Godolphin colours, the four-year-old responded to William Buick's urgings to win the first big handicap of the new turf season for trainer Charlie Appleby.

Secret Brief (12-1), who had a spell in Dubai during the winter, got the better of a terrific duel with Ryan Moore on Bravo Zolo to prevail by a neck.

Battle Of Marathon came out of the pack to claim third place, another half a length away, with Birdman staying on strongly for fourth.

Buick said: "It's a great race to win. I've got to give credit to the whole team at home - they've done a fantastic job with him so thanks to them.

"His last run in Dubai was good and we are just getting to know him.

"I think he'll improve for a better surface."

John Ferguson, Godolphin's chief executive and racing manager, said: "It's a lovely start for everybody in the team.

"This is a horse that has been trained in Dubai in the winter, so a perfect preparation from the sunshine of Dubai to heavy ground in Doncaster.

"He's handled it really well and I was just impressed the way he travelled in the race.

"We thought he'd go with a bit of cut in the ground. This was a different proposition but he's genuine and really tries.

"He stuck his neck out."

Ferguson continued: "He's tough and genuine, which is what you want in this ground. Charlie has done a great job with him.

"What we want is our horses to reach their potential, which they haven't been doing, and this is a great start.

"We'll have to see what the handicapper does on Tuesday before we make a plan."

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

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (22) Secret Brief (IRE) 12/1 W Buick
C Appleby 4
2nd (2) nk Bravo Zolo (IRE) (ex5) 12/1 R L Moore
J Noseda 4
3rd (18) ½ Battle Of Marathon (USA) 50/1 A Kirby
J Ryan 4
4th (21) ¾ Birdman (IRE) 14/1 Josh Doyle (5)
D O'Meara 6
5th (3) Man Of Harlech 10/1 Oisin Murphy
A M Balding 5
6th (20) hd Emell 66/1 K T O'Neill
R Hannon 6
7th (7) 2 Express Himself (IRE) 12/1 Jim Crowley
E S McMahon 5
8th (8) 2 Farlow (IRE) 18/1 Sammy Jo Bell (3)
R A Fahey 8
9th (13) s.h Storm Rock 10/1 David Probert
H J L Dunlop 4
10th (19) s.h You're Fired (IRE) 16/1 D C Costello
K R Burke 5
11th (15) Mutarakez (IRE) 7/1 P Hanagan
B J Meehan 4
12th (9) 4 Beach Bar (IRE) 25/1 P J Dobbs
B G Powell 5
13th (16) Fire Ship 25/1 G Lee
W J Knight 7
14th (11) Ocean Tempest 16/1 L Dettori
J Ryan 7
15th (17) 4 Rene Mathis (GER) 25/1 D Nolan
R A Fahey 6
16th (4) 9 Heaven's Guest (IRE) 25/1 Adam J McNamara (7)
R A Fahey 6
17th (1) 15 Stipulate 50/1 B A Curtis
B Ellison 7
18th (10) Udododontu (IRE) 11/2f James Doyle
S bin Suroor 4
19th (6) 8 Lord Of The Land (IRE) 6/1 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 5
20th (14) Ingleby Angel (IRE) 66/1 P Makin
C J Teague 7
21st (5) 9 Lat Hawill (IRE) 66/1 Daniel Muscutt (3)
M Botti 5
22nd (12) 1 Sirius Prospect (USA) 33/1 R Winston
D K Ivory 8