Fremen gets favourable Lincoln draw

Ante-post favourite Fremen will run from stall 10 in the Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.

Ante-post favourite Fremen will run from stall 10 in the Freephone Stanleybet Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.

Fellow market leaders Alkaadhem (five) and Chivalry (one) also received favourable slots at a special draw ceremony following the final 48-hour declaration stage.

The Michael Stoute-trained Fremen is currently the general 8-1 favourite for the race following two wins in maiden and handicap company last year.

Stoute’s head lad Jimmy Scott was the yard’s representative at the draw and he was pleased with his stall choice.

He said: “I’m happy with that. I just hope we have a bit of wind to dry the ground up. That’s the only concern I’ve got, we would not want it loose on top.

“The horse is in good form and we are very happy with him. He doesn’t have to be ridden any particular way and he can make his own pace if he has to.”

A maximum field will go to post for the feature over the straight mile at Town Moor.

Only two horses from the original top 24 in the handicap Suggestive and Finished Article – were taken out.

Suggestive’s absence means that the weights have been raised 2lb with Babodana, trained by Mark Tompkins and well-supported ante-post, now carrying 9st 10lb.

But the four-year-old was one of the last horses to be given a draw and will run from the stands side in stall 23.

Pablo, who bids to become the first horse since Babur in 1957 and 1958 to win the first leg of the ‘Spring Double’ in successive years, is in stall 21.

Barry Hills’ charge is burdened with 9st 8lb on Saturday – 11lb more than he carried to victory last March.

The Lambourn trainer is also represented by Craiova, who will go from stall 20.

Norton, third 12 months ago, aims to go two better for his trainer Terry Mills. The seven-year-old is drawn 17.

Apart from Hills, three other trainers are double-handed – Andrew Balding with Pentecost (18) and the well-backed Our Teddy (15), Tim Easterby through Tough Love (22) and Flighty Fellow (8) and Richard Fahey with Wing Commander (24) and Dark Charm (12).

Dark Charm just gets in the race as number 24.

At the draw, Convent Girl was the first horse to be chosen at random with her trainer Nerys Dutfield plumping for stall six.

Trainers were keen to avoid a high draw with the first 17 horses drawn out being given the first 17 stalls.

The draw in full: 1 Chivalry, 2 Desert Opal, 3 Dumaran, 4 Blue Sky Thinking, 5 Alkaadhem, 6 Convent Girl, 7 Serieux, 8 Flighty Fellow, 9 Onlytime Will Tell, 10 Fremen, 11 El Coto, 12 Dark Charm, 13 Blue Spinnaker, 14 Jay Gee’s Choice, 15 Our Teddy, 16 Quito, 17 Norton, 18 Pentecost, 19 Unshakable, 20 Craiova, 21 Pablo, 22 Tough Love, 23 Babodana, 24 Wing Commander.

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