Ocean Tempest triumphs in Lincoln
Ocean Tempest landed a late long-odds gamble when battling on from the front to win the William Hill Lincoln.
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Trained in Newmarket by John Ryan, Adam Kirby steadily brought the winner across from a far-side draw to race towards the stands' side of the group and the 20/1 chance, who opened at 33/1 on course, repelled every challenge.
Tullius (7/1 joint-favourite) and the strong-travelling Sweet Lightning (11/1) both loomed up to try and get the better of the winner, but were fought off.
Tullius stayed on for second, a length and three-quarters behind the winner, with Robert The Painter (25/1) making late gains for third ahead of Sweet Lightning and Off Art.
Fifth in the consolation Lincoln, the Spring Mile, 12 months ago, Ryan took his five-year-old out to Dubai and he ran several respectable races without necessarily looking like a Lincoln winner-in-waiting.
But the trainer 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 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."