Kieren Fallon has been snapped up for the ride on Resplendent One in tomorrow’s Stanleybet Lincoln after his intended mount Zero Tolerance was ruled out of the big Doncaster handicap.
A spokesperson for trainer David Barron said today that the five-year-old, who had been 14-1 for the £100,000 (€145,000) contest over the straight mile, was found to be slightly lame this morning.
Fallon was not without a mount for long as he was quickly confirmed for the Terry Mills-trained Resplendent One replacing Gary Carter.
“We ride Resplendent One,” said Fallon’s agent Dave Pollington.
As expected, a maximum field of 22 was declared for the Lincoln with Uhoomagoo being taken out along with Meshaheer, who misses the race as he failed to sparkle in a gallop yesterday.
His trainer Marcus Tregoning said today: “He worked yesterday and I was not happy with him so I have decided not to declare him and will have to go back to the drawing board.”
Although Kevin Ryan has taken out Uhoomagoo, he still has three runners - Cardinal Venture, Always Esteemed and My Paris.
“All three horses are going into the race very well,” Ryan told At The Races. “Always Esteemed has come through his preparation – he was third in the Lincoln trial, which seems to be a good guide to this race.
“He’s in great form and we’ve had a clear run with him so we’re very happy with him. It’s very hard for a horse like Cardinal Venture to make all the running in a race like the Lincoln so we’ll probably hang on to him a little bit.
“He doesn’t have to make the running. We’ve just got to ride him a bit different on Saturday.
“My Paris is a real tough, hardy little horse. I had him in early to try and get a prep race into him but he didn’t come to hand in time. He’s done plenty of work and fitness wouldn’t be a problem.”
Vortex has been declared by Newmarket handler Gay Kelleway but she warns that the six-year-old will be withdrawn if the ground is unsuitable.
“I have declared Vortex but he will not run if the ground is declared soft or if there is further significant rain,” she said.
“The horse is very well, in fantastic shape, but I have been looking at the ground here at Doncaster and think it may ride a bit soft today as it has been cold and damp.”
Frankie Dettori had been pencilled in for El Coto but will ride Blythe Knight for Ed Dunlop instead, with Seb Sanders coming in for the mount on Ed McMahon’s charge.
Sylvester Kirk’s Blue Trojan, who had been as low as 12-1, failed to make the cut.