SBK Lincoln
BetBull
Heritage Handicap
Doncaster 15:10
 £100,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus,
1m, Class 2   
Saturday 26th March 2022

Free Racing Tips

1 Johan 28/1
2 Saleymm 17/2
3 Rogue Bear 12/1
4 Irish Admiral 22/1
22 ran Distances: 1¼l, ½l, hd
Time: 1m 37.34s (slow by 0.44s)

A six-time winner for William Haggas, Johan switched to Mick Channon's yard during the off-season and was a 28-1 shot for the traditional Flat season curtain-raiser in the hands of Silvestre de Sousa.

Always to to the fore, Johan quickened up to take over the lead from Saleymm deep inside the final furlong and passed the post with a length and a quarter in hand.

Saleymm was a clear second, with Rogue Bear making late gains to beat Irish Admiral to third.

The previously unbeaten 3-1 favourite Mujtaba, trained by Haggas, was a well beaten 12th, while his well fancied stablemate Ametist finished last of the 22 runners.

De Sousa said: “He travelled brilliant. I tracked the lead horse and put the race to bed when I asked him to go.

“I’m excited, absolutely delighted. I’m a freelance this year, just kicking off. This win is always a big help and I just hope all the trainers can look at that and give me support.

“The owners have been brilliant to me and so has Mick Channon. He has always given me plenty of rides. I’m over the moon.”

Jack Channon, assistant to his father, said: “I thought we had a chance. He’s a very good horse and he’d been working really well. The last two weeks he’s started to flourish. He was having a buck and a squeal and showing his well-being.

“We’ve had him since January so we’ve had a good prep with him. We thought of running in the Listed race but when Chindit was in it, I thought we’ve a chance of winning the Lincoln but probably don’t have a chance of beating Chindit.

“We took a punt. Jon and Julie (Aisbitt, owners) are great supporters and sports people and said ‘let’s have a go at the big one’ and it’s paid off. He’ll probably go up into stakes company now.

“I thought Silvestre would suit this horse down to the ground as he is straightforward and just lengthens and lengthens. It’s a great start to the season for us. We’ve 100 in which is about level for the last 10 years and we’re hoping to increase the quality. Fingers crossed we can do that.”

Free Racing Tips

SBK Lincoln (Heritage Handicap)
£100,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 2
22 ran
Going: Good to Soft

POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (4)     Johan 5 9-4 Mick Channon Silvestre De Sousa 28/1
2 (3)
Saleymm 4 8-13 Simon & Ed Crisford Ross Coakley 17/2
3 (19)
½ Rogue Bear 4 8-3 Tom Clover David Egan 12/1
4 (1)
hd Irish Admiral 5 8-13 William Haggas Stevie Donohoe 22/1
5 (5)
¾ Broken Spear 6 8-2 Tony Coyle Jonny Peate 66/1
6 (9)
½ Eagleway 6 8-7 Ivan Furtado Joey Haynes 100/1
7 (8)
nse Modern News 4 9-7 Charlie Appleby Harry Davies 5/1
8 (14)
nk Brunch 5 9-6 Michael Dods Jason Hart 20/1
9 (21)
½ Notre Belle Bete 4 8-8 5ex Andrew Balding David Probert 17/2
10 (17)
nk Safe Voyage 9 9-10 John Quinn Ryan Sexton 50/1
11 (18)
nk Another Batt 7 8-10 David & Nicola Barron Connor Beasley 20/1
12 (2)
nk Mujtaba 4 9-0 William Haggas Cieren Fallon 3/1F
13 (12)
1 Hortzadar 7 8-6 David O'Meara Cam Hardie 40/1
14 (6)
shd Teodolina 4 8-5 Richard Hannon J F Egan 28/1
15 (11)
shd Revich 6 8-11 Richard Spencer Marco Ghiani 40/1
16 (10)
shd What's The Story 8 9-3 Keith Dalgleish Callum Rodriguez 28/1
17 (20)
1 Darkness 4 8-11 David O'Meara Jason Watson 16/1
18 (22)
¾ Fame And Acclaim 5 8-11 Les Eyre Lewis Edmunds 80/1
19 (7)
nk United Front 5 8-8 Michael Appleby Theodore Ladd 22/1
20 (15)
2 Scottish Summit 9 8-8 Geoffrey Harker P J McDonald 100/1
21 (16)
3 Marie's Diamond 6 9-4 Roger Fell Rowan Scott 50/1
22 (13)
13 Ametist 5 8-10 William Haggas Rossa Ryan 6/1