There's nothing Off about Art

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: March 27 2014, 17:58 GMT

Ian Ogg analyses the last 10 renewals of Saturday's William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster and picks out the key statistics.

Tim Easterby can win another big Saturday prize with Off Art
Tim Easterby can win another big Saturday prize with Off Art

  • Winners have been aged four (5), six (3) and five (2).
  • Winners have carried between 8-4 and 9-10 with five between 8-9 and 9-0 (none of the last four).
  • Winners have been rated between 90 and 107 with eight between 90 and 98.
  • Winners have been returned between 3/1 and 25/1 with five between 3/1 and 10/1; three favourites have been successful.
  • Winners have been drawn between one and 23; five in single figures and five not.
  • Five winners finished first or second on their preceding start.
  • Eight winners were making their seasonal reappearance.
  • Six winners had won or been placed in a class 2 handicap; of the exceptions two were having their first run at this level (all fancied four year olds) and the other had won a Listed race.
  • Six winners had won at a mile; of the exceptions, all bar one had won over trips beyond a mile and the 'bar one' had finished second the previous year.
  • The four winners that had previously run at Doncaster had placed or winning form at the track.
Including results for the 2006/7 renewals that were run at Redcar and Newcastle

Summary

There are plenty of qualifiers as you would expect in a typically competitive renewal of this historic handicap but the suggestion is Off Art.

The lightly raced four-year-old represents Tim Easterby who has been enjoying a terrific spring with his National Hunt horses and fits the bill in terms of his official rating and weight while he has winning form in a class two handicap as well as having been successful over both the course and the distance.