Flat racing returns with a vengeance today courtesy of top class action at Meydan and The Lincoln at Doncaster. You can find all our horse racing tips for today below.
Lincoln (Heritage Handicap)
The Lincoln is always an almost impossible puzzle to solve, with punters completely in the dark over the fitness of most runners and the form of their stables. Throw in doubts about the ground and the draw and it is hard to be confident of the chances of any of the runners.
The head of the market is dominated by the three unexposed types – Gm Hopkins, Manage All and Zarwaan – and we think the race will fall to one of them
Of the trio, we prefer GM HOPKINS and ZARWAAN.
The former represents a yard with a fine record in the race. He disappointed slightly on his final couple of starts at the backend of last season, but may have had enough by then and will hopefully be capable of resuming winning ways following a break.
Zarwaan has reportedly been working well in the build up to the race and won’t mind if any of the forecast rain arrives. He is lightly raced, but has experience in big handicaps having finished fifth of 30 at Royal Ascot last June.
|Gm Hopkins (ew)||3.45 Doncaster||7/1||Bet365|
|Zarwaan (ew)||3.45 Doncaster||10/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill|
The Spring Mile that precedes the big race is equally wide open, but BUCKSTAY could easily be nicely ahead of the handicapper and has to be backed.
The worry is the form of his yard as it had a miserable time for much of last season, but that at least means that many of its horses could be well treated at the start of this campaign. He was fourth in the Cambridgeshire and so can handle the hustle and bustle of this sort of race, and this is his optimum trip.
DONNY ROVER and FLOW should also be backed.
The former was on a roll at the end of last season for a trainer who is really going places. He has form over further and should be doing his best work at the death, whilst Flow appears to have been laid out for this and his prep race on the all-weather three weeks ago couldn’t have gone much better.
|Buckstay (ew)||3.10 Doncaster||10/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill|
|Flow (ew)||3.10 Doncaster||14/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill|
|Donny Rover (ew)||3.10 Doncaster||16/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral|
Dubai World Cup
The world’s richest race takes place in Dubai later on in the afternoon and California Chrome, who came so close to landing the Triple Crown last season, is the one to beat. However, fellow American Lea doesn’t have much to find with the favourite on ratings and is possibly open to more improvement.
With concerns as to how well the US runners will adapt to this surface, though, we are going to take the two favourites on with PRINCE BISHOP and EPIPHANEIA.
Prince Bishop looks the second string for Saeed Bin Suroor, but he wasn’t far behind his stablemate last time out. He hates the kickback and could easily spit the dummy out here and get well beaten, but if he gets a clear passage he could prove to be well over-priced.
Japanese runners always have to be feared at these big international meetings and of their pair of runners here we think Epiphaneia has the stronger claims. He has form over further, which could be vital if, as seems likely, this is a truly run race.
|Prince Bishop (ew)||5.00 Meydan||16/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes, Stan James, William Hill|
|Epiphaneia (ew)||5.00 Meydan||9/1||Stan James|
The other horses we fancy at Meydan are:
|Brass Ring (ew)||1.15 Meydan||20/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, Stan James, William Hill|
|Bathyrhon (ew)||1.15 Meydan||6/1||Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill, Winner|
|Caspar Netscher (ew)||2.30 Meydan||22/1||Stan James|
|Distinctiv Passion (ew)||2.30 Meydan||25/1||William Hill|
|Stepper Point (ew)||2.30 Meydan||33/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes|
|Salutos Amigos (ew)||3.05 Meydan||5/1||Paddy Power|
|Flintshire (ew)||4.15 Meydan||9/2||Bet365, William Hill|