Ocean Tempest triumphs in Lincoln

  • Last Updated: March 29 2014, 21:23 GMT

Ocean Tempest landed a late long-odds gamble when battling on from the front to win the William Hill Lincoln.

Ocean Tempest holds off allcomers to win the Lincoln
Ocean Tempest holds off allcomers to win the Lincoln

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."

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