The rescheduled William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster heads up a competitive afternoon of UK and Ireland racing

The cavalry charge that is the William Hill Lincoln is as competitive as ever this afternoon. With much the same entrants as last Saturday the race makes a slightly delayed curtain raiser for the 2013 Flat Season. John Gosden who had an excellent 2012 season is double-handed with two lightly raced progressive sorts in – Lahaag and Eshtibaak. Former winner Brae Hill and the big handicap stalwarts make more appeal to Crockford. The Cambridgeshire fourth Bancnuanaheirann looks excellent each way value at 28/1 with the sponsors.

At Kempton the card looks at the mercy of Richard Hannon with Cai Shen, Moortakan, Shamaal Nibras, Democretes and Red Refraction making a lot of a appeal. The feature race the Roseberry Handicap (2.55) could well go in the way of Daghash for Clive Brittian who made a promising reappearance recently.

Crockford’s Dead Cert –  Cai Shen (Kempton 2.20)

This classy five-year old run at the top level last season and made a pleasing debut this year behind the highly thought of Faraaj in the Winter Derby. Richard Hannon looks well placed for an excellent afternoon at the course with this being the Dead Cert to start his visits to the Winners Enclosure.

Crockford’s Whisper – Liberty Court e/w (Haydock 4.25)

Highly thought of by the yard and their one to watch. The transfer to fixed brush obstacles will suit this horse who has the scope of a brilliant chaser in the making. If the whispers are right he will be in the frame this afternoon before going on to greater heights.

Shoegazer will make the frame today at Haydock

Archer’s Selection – Srucahan (Cork 3.10)

The impressive last win from this horse would not have been lost on Archer and he would have been desperate to have had the booking on this sprinter in what looks a weak contest.


Crockford’s other gambles around the courses this afternoon:

Doncaster – Shropshire e/w (1.20), Dubai Hills e/w (1.55), Hitchens e/w (2.30), Bancnuanaheirann e/w  and Canary Wharf e/w (4.50)

Kempton – Cai Shen (2.20), Daghash (2.55), Moortakan (3.30), Shamaal Nibras (4.05), Democretes e/w (4.35) and Red Refraction (5.10)

Musselburgh – Hamish McGonagall (3.00), Carry On Sydney (3.35) and Galician (4.45)

Haydock – Veloce (2.40), Shoegazer e/w (3.15) and Liberty Court e/w (4.25)

Carlisle – Rupert Bear (2.00), Yurok (2.35) and Twentypoundluck e/w (4.55)

Newton Abbot – Decimus (2.10), Shangani (3.55) and Royal Chatelier (5.05)

Cork – Srucahan (3.10), Montferrat (3.40) and Diplomat (4.10)

(Featured photograph – The Hannons at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

(Photograph – Shoegazer, Carrick Boy and Cedre Bleu jump the last at Chepstow by Stuart Rice)