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The Punter: Racing makes jump to the Flat

After the breathless excitement of Cheltenham last week, the focus on racing goes somewhat Flat.

Yes, the British non-jumping season opens at Doncaster on Saturday following the start in Ireland in somewhat subdued circumstances at the Curragh last Sunday.

The first big race of the Flat calendar is the William Hill Lincoln which used to be a favourite with punters, especially in Spring doubles with the Grand National.

Heading the betting for the Lincoln is Penitent at 6-1

Trained by William Haggas, the four-year-old has always been prominent in the market and has been shaved by two points.

But it is the second favourite Manassas at 9-1 which catches the eye.

Brian Meehan’s charge is a bit of a Donny specialist, having won the Spring Mile here 12 months ago and going in again on St Leger Day last September.

“Doncaster is his track and I think he will run very well,” said Meehan. “He has trained well and is ready and very well within himself.”

Take the hint.

Ante-post gamble Al Khaleej — money lost — and last year’s winner Expresso Star, have been pulled out.

William Hill Lincoln: 6-1 Penitent, 9-1 Manassas, 14-1 Mull of Killough, 16-1 Doctor Crane, Mia's Boy, Tiger Reigns, 20-1 Collateral Damage, Huzzah, Prime Exhibit, Vitznau, 25-1 Extraterrestrial, Harrison George, Viva Vettori, 33-1 Advanced, Albaqaa, Audemar, Benandonner, Billy Dane, Black Dahlia, Captain Macarry, Chosen Forever, Dubai’s Touch, Dunn’o, Elliptical, Flipando, Full Toss, Inheritor, Irish Heartbeat, Kaolak, Kavachi.

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