Take Tullius for Lincoln glory
Nick Grant provides a selection for every race on Saturday and fancies Andrew Balding's Tullius to land the feature at Doncaster.
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DONCASTER: 1.30 Flyball, 2.05 Graphic, 2.40 Tropics, 3.15 Showboating, 3.50 TULLIUS (NAP), 4.25 Hymenaios, 5.00 My Destination, 5.35 He's No Angel.
KEMPTON: 1.50 Gold Waltz, 2.20 Modernstone, 2.55 Rebellious Guest, 3.30 Lancelot Du Lac, 4.05 Crystal Lake, 4.40 Hasopop, 5.15 First Post.
NAVAN: 2.15 Whisper Rock, 2.50 Emperor Of Exmoor, 3.25 Makethedifference, 4.00 Mozoltov, 4.35 Baily Green, 5.10 Little Boy Boru, 5.40 Mister First.
STRATFORD: 1.55 Prouts Pub, 2.30 Little Jimmy, 3.05 Bob's Legend, 3.40 Vulcanite, 4.15 Forgotten Gold, 4.50 Gorey Lane, 5.25 Quinlandio.
UTTOXETER: 1.40 Golden Milan, 2.10 Stevie Thunder, 2.45 Shotavodka, 3.20 Barton Stacey, 3.55 Bob's World, 4.30 Gentle Bob, 5.05 Maxford Lady.
DOUBLE: Tullius and Tropics.
A back-to-his-best Tullius can bridge a 35-year gap at Kingsclere by winning the William Hill Lincoln Hill as the curtain goes up on the new Flat turf season at Doncaster on Saturday.
Ian Balding sent out Fair Season to lift the valuable one-mile handicap way back in 1979 and now it can be his son Andrew's turn to strike in this historic Town Moor contest.
Tullius is a Group Three winner and dual Listed scorer over this distance, but comes into the race 3lb below his highest-ever rating having been off the track through injury for 14 months from August 2012 to October 2013.
He showed he has lost none of his dash when third to Penitent, the 2010 Lincoln hero, at Newmarket in November and would have met that horse on 1lb better terms had they clashed in this race.
Tullius won on his seasonal debut in 2011 and 2012 so fitness should not be an issue.
He looks to be drawn well in stall 22 and has the services of crack apprentice Oisin Murphy, who claims 3lb.
Tropics has to be counted as banker material in the William Hill - Bet On The Move Cammidge Trophy if anything like ready.
Dean Ivory's pride and joy could make up into a really smart sprinter this season, having rounded off 2013 with victory in a Group Three at Ascot, winning really nicely on his first try at that level.
Although he is a six-year-old, he did not see the racetrack until late in his four-year-old season and the dream this year is Group Ones.
He will improve as the year goes on but this has to be seen as a perfect opportunity and he seems adaptable ground-wise.
The William Hill Download The App Brocklesby Conditions Stakes for unraced two-year-olds is always a guessing game, but the Richard Hannon stable will have loads of winners in this division as the season goes on and there seems to be a good word for Flyball.
William Haggas runs Graphic on Town Moor in the William Hill In The App Store Doncaster Mile Stakes rather than take up an engagement at Kempton and the hint should be taken.
The selection had a most progressive campaign in handicaps and might be capable of holding his own in conditions races as a five-year-old.
George Margarson's decision to swerve the Lincoln with Rebellious Guest looks a wise one as he goes instead for the BetVictor 6 Places Grand National Rosebery Handicap at Kempton.
It is not a surprise he sticks to the Polytrack as the back-to-form five-year-old has done really well on the artificial surfaces of late.
The Cockney Rebel gelding ran better than his placing suggests in the Winter Derby, where he encountered traffic problems, and should give another good account, despite being lumbered with joint top-weight.
Modernstone's second to Grandeur in the Winter Derby Trial remains a fine effort and Ed Vaughan's progressive filly sets a good standard in the 6 Places At Aintree At BetVictor Magnolia Stakes.
Contributer has to be respected under George Baker and might be capable of better still, but the fillies' allowance can swing things in Modernstone's favour.
Gentle Bob looks certain to run a big race in the Betfred 4 X Odds On Lucky 31's Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter.
Tom George's nine-year-old remains on his last winning mark having had a long time off before returning in January, where he did as well as could be expected at Warwick.
He built on that to be second at Huntingdon and this track might suit his style of running.