Lightning out of Lincoln

Last year’s winner Sweet Lightning has been taken out of the William Hill Lincoln, in which 2010 victor Penitent will now carry top weight at Doncaster on Saturday.

Now with David O’Meara, Penitent was bought for 40,000 guineas by Middleham Park Racing at the Tattersalls Sales in October and was sent to the Nawton handler.

O’Meara also has a strong second string to his bow in Smarty Socks.

Eton Forever, winner of the Spring Mile consolation race 12 months ago for Roger Varian, is this year near the head of the weights for the main event.

Edinburgh Knight, another ante-post fancy, is also set to carry a welter burden.

Godolphin still have two possible runners, Start Right and Man Of Action, engaged, while Cocozza is due to have his first run for Marco Botti.

Fury, fifth in the 2000 Guineas last season, is set to represent Lincoln specialist William Haggas.

Pintura is one of several potential candidates for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Bonnie Brae, Font Of Wisdom and Glor Na Mara were also among those to have been taken out.

O’Meara, who made his mark in no uncertain terms last season, is looking to begin the new campaign the way he ended the last one — by saddling plenty of winners.

“Smarty Socks and Penitent will be our two runners, we have a third entry in Mont Ras but he won’t get in (43rd on list),” said O’Meara.

“Penitent won the Lincoln off 98, he likes a bit of soft ground and he’s off 108 now.

“We haven’t had him long, Middleham Park bought him and kindly sent him to us.

“The two horses are very different, Smarty loves firm ground while Penitent likes a bit of cut. One’s a former winner while the other is at the top of his game and now running off 102 and has to improve again. Penitent has been there and done it and has slipped down a bit.

“Smarty is a hold-up horse whereas Penitent likes to sit handy in his races.”


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