The turf flat season kicks off with the traditional Lincoln Handicap card at Doncaster, including the replica Spring Mile for those not rated high enough for the Lincoln.
We are always looking for a value edge, and in a 20 runner handicap that can usually lie in the 14/1 to 20/1 range. Well, strap yourself in, it may be April Fools Day, but it’s no joke that for once we are going to offer up a double-dose of the bleeding obvious.
The Spring Mile (1425 BST) features joint favourites in Nimr and Sacred Act. Nimr has shown huge improvement through the winter on the all-weather, but has something to prove on good-to-soft turf.
Sacred Act was one of the most impressive winners of the season on his only run last year when coming from last to first, defying a troubled run, to win at Sandown. Trainer John Gosden has kept him for the Lincoln, he misses that, but instead he can totally outclass this weaker line-up.
By dropping into the Spring Mile, Sacred Act has left the Lincoln (1535) wide open for warm favourite Yuften. He is only a few pounds above the mark which he won a strong Ascot handicap last year, and showed his well-being when a little unfortunate not to win over 7f at Wolverhampton recently.
Master Carpenter makes most appeal of those at bigger prices off his lowest mark in four years, but with top jockey Atzeni up top, Yuften can add his name to Lincoln winning favourites.
The double pays 29/1 and is well worth considering.
Sacred Act (1425 Doncaster) 5/1 generally available
Yuften (1535 Doncaster) 4/1 generally available
Sacred Act & Yuften win double, effective odds 29/1.
Our Grand National Guide 2017 will be available here from Wednesday 5th April.
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